The Story of Soft Salida Brick

by Jackie W. Powell Photos courtesy of The Salida Library People say “Soft Salida brick” as if it were one word. Many believe it was sun-dried, like adobe, and therefore not as hard as fired brick. The myth of sun drying is reinforced by photographs such as Figure 1 , showing thousands of bricks lying […]

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Q & A – with Thomas Jefferson

ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS PUT TO THOMAS JEFFERSON BY THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF COLORADO. Colorado Central: Mr. President, you have been quoted as saying, “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” Could you expand on this and do you believe this to be true in your […]

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Some reasons for leaving town

Letter from Deric Pamp Salida – March 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Friends: We are leaving Salida. Barb has been working part- and then full-time in Colorado Springs for a year — our judicial district dangled a job for her twice but each time decided to spend the money elsewhere, never mind that tape […]

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Another top town list

Brief by Ed Quillen Salida – October 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine While we have no idea just what it takes to be one of America’s “101 Best Outdoor Towns,” we won’t argue that Salida is a pretty good place to live if you like the outdoors, and can handle the mud, dust and dreariness […]

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Salida makes another Top 10

Brief by Central Staff Salida – August 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Mike Rosso, an occasional contributor to these pages, was excited: “I finally got a photo on the cover of a national magazine.” It was a picture of a golfer to accompany an article in the June 11 edition of U.S. News & World […]

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A result of that Outside “Cool Town” listing

Essay by Sue Price Salida – October 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine IT ALL STARTED with the Outside Magazine article, published in August. I’m sure you know the one – yes, the one that half of you are bemoaning because it might attract (too many) people (like me) to the area and the other half […]

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About those bombs

Brief by Mike R0sso Salida Yards – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine It’s hard to miss the lawn ornament on the 400 block of 4th Street in Salida.These weapons of mass destruction aren’t the product of some politician’s imagination. The late John Ribal of Salida, who served in the U.S. Navy, created the bomb […]

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Who’d want that card?

Letter from Kate Donithorne Salida – September 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: The April ’03 issue of Colorado Central devoted to the Klan in Kolorado was interesting, and scary, coinciding as it did with a Klan gathering in Santa Fé. The KKK is not just historic trivia.

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Ugly prejudice in Salida

Letter from Marina J. Ettel Salida – August 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: People tend to jump on the bandwagon without knowing where it is going and who is driving. Is it the togetherness? The company they share? Or is it one more thing that gets away from people and grows into a monster […]

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Messing with the S on Tenderfoot Hill

Brief by Central Staff Salida – November 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Like many Salidans, we were mystified one October night when we looked across the river and saw some new lights on Tenderfoot Hill. Normally, there’s a white-light S that alternates with a red heart outline (for Heart of the Rockies, a Salida slogan […]

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Salida has a topless pool for the summer

Brief by Central Staff Salida – July 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine To put it one way, Salida again has an outdoor swimming pool. To put it another way, it’s a topless pool. The roof had to be removed after the Big Spring Dump of May 3-6 because some wooden support beams cracked under the […]

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Millennial explosions

Brief by Central Staff Salida – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine The millennium should arrive in Salida with a bang — the Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce has arranged for $5,000 worth of fireworks to be detonated on Tenderfoot Hill as 1999 draws to a close. But even with the arrival of […]

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Salida makes Sunset List of West’s best cities

Brief by Central Staff Salida – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Salida got on another list, one that presented 24 of “The West’s Best Cities” in the November edition of Sunset Magazine. Other listed cities ranged from famous spots like Missoula, Boulder, and Portland to another old railroad town, Evanston, Wyo. The Salida article […]

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Norther Exposure, sure. But X-Files?

Brief by Central Staff Salida – September 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine Northern Expsosure, sure. But X-Files? How many ways can a magazine get a story wrong? We manage quite a few ways ourselves, but we’re more than willing to hand the prize to VQ: Vintage Quality motorcycles, a monthly published “for the connoisseur.”

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