Down on the Ground Reviewing the 20th Century

By George Sibley I sometimes sort of joke, in these pages and elsewhere, about the 21st century, wondering in 2016 if we will ever get to the 21st century, and what it will be like if we do. I do argue – seriously, not jokingly – that “a new century” will not really begin until […]

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Extinction

By John Mattingly or the last 30 years, I’ve written for various ag trade publications on topics ranging from salt to bears, estate planning to bindweed control. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, I started a five part series on extinction: the history of human understanding, the process, what we know of prior mass […]

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The Caboose – A Ghost Railroad and a Reborn One

By Forrest Whitman Freight Train Wayne and I were talking with a group of Jicarilla Apache folks in their supermarket recently. We were in Dulce, New Mexico and were wondering how we’d get any further on our quest following a ghost railroad. That ghost was the Denver and Rio Grande Western narrow gauge.

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Places: The Mirage/Cotton Creek Cemeteries

In the northern San Luis Valley, southeast of Villa Grove, are two remote and obscure cemeteries: the Cotton Creek and the Mirage. At one time, the area was home to a small settlement of Hispanics who worked at the nearby Orient Mine and also raised sheep. The Cotton Creek Cemetery is where many of them […]

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The Real Deal Music Review: Elephant Revival – Petals

By Brian Rill Petals as an anthology is a testament to travelers, who after returning from a long pilgrimage are stunned by the difference time has caused to familiar surroundings and begin asking aloud, “Hello who’s there?” They implore, “Has anything changed, or are we all still the same?” Indeed much is new with the […]

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Book Reviews – Herndon Davis: Painting Colorado History, 1901-1962

By Craig W. Leavett and Thomas J. Noel University Press of Colorado 290 pages, 173 color, 8×10 ISBN 978-1-60732-419-5 (paper), ISBN 978-60732-420-1 (ebook)   Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons Readers who are interested in Colorado’s art and history will welcome this cornucopia of paintings and drawings by Herndon Davis. Although he might not have gained […]

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The Vandaveer Ranch: A Brief History

By Mike Rosso Some old-time Salidans still refer to it as the Clifton Ranch. It was Clarence Clifton who sold the vast ranch on the eastern end of Salida to Harold Vandaveer in 1957. Chaffee County records indicate that Clifton had purchased some or all of the ranch from Theodore and May Driggers in 1948, […]

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Classic Ed Quillen: The Namesake of Mt. Elbert

First Published in Colorado Central Magazine, May 1998 By Ed Quillen Samuel Hitt Elbert, whose name adorns Colorado’s highest peak, was born in Ohio on April 3, 1833. He grew up in Iowa and was graduated with honors from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1854. He then studied law and was admitted to that state’s bar […]

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You say Chaffee, I say Chaffee

By Nancy Walters In September 2006, my husband Ken and I signed papers to purchase a lot in the Buffalo Hills subdivision of Chaffee County, Colorado. At the time, I was chafing at the local pronunciation of the county name, with a long ?. My family always pronounced the surname of my maternal grandfather, Arthur […]

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The Way We Really Were

By Virginia McConnell Simmons Equal opportunity to work was unending on family farms and ranches for males and females, young and old. Branding, done before cattle were put out on pastures for the summer, is being handled in this photo by the Becker sisters east of Alamosa in 1894. A Colorado Cattlemen’s Association publication (1967) […]

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From the Editor: Mistaken Identity

By Mike Rosso Readers sometimes ask how we come up with our cover art. There’s not one particular method for this. Often we seek out the artwork, scouring the Internet for photographs or other mediums by the many talented artists who live and work in Central Colorado. Sometimes it’s luck: we run across a striking […]

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About the Cover Photographer: Coleen Swanson

My love for being outdoors began with growing up in rural Michigan, where playing in the woods was the main source of entertainment. That love was further nurtured being a Girl Scout for 10 years. As a Parks and Recreation major at Central Michigan University, I took the opportunity to come out to Colorado for […]

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Two Laps to Awareness

By Hal Walter T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month,” but then he was not referring to a calendar for autism awareness. Each year I greet the proclamation of Autism Awareness Month as a source of amusement and with a sense of duty. The fact is, every day is about autism awareness around […]

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