Touring (and Arguing) The Great Railroad War

By Forrest Whitman Lots of the railroad history around Central Colorado is fun to discuss and argue about. The great railroad war (1878-1890) was a fierce fight. The contenders were General William Jackson Palmer’s Denver and Rio Grande Railroad versus the Santa Fe Railroad led by William Barstow Strong and Thomas Nickerson. The reader is […]

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About the Cover Photographer: Eve Nagode

I like to tell stories, sometimes in a single image and sometimes as a series. I treat my subjects like digital paintings inspired by real-life events. Careful thought is put into composition, texture, color and light. Themes range from a century-old farm to jubilant, wild polar bears playing in the snow. If my photographs speak to […]

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Vintage Camping Colorado Style

By Mike Rosso We all need a vacation from time to time. But what about a vacation back in time? A time of ducktail hair, poodle skirts, sputnik and Elvis? It’s easy to do if you live within driving distance of the Royal Gorge. Five miles west of Cañon City and just south of U.S. […]

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The “War” for the Royal Gorge

by Judy Suchan Two aggressive railroads, hastily built forts, a cannon commandeered by the legendary ‘Bat’ Masterson, gunfire, and a legal battle that raged in the courts for almost two years. This was the little known Royal Gorge War, an event that helped shape Colorado’s, as well as the nation’s transportation system. In the late […]

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