Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg
November 27, 2011

Lathrop State Park Huerfano County, west of Walsenburg Lathrop State Park covers 1,594 acres adjoining the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado. It was Colorado’s first state park, opening in 1962. Two lakes offer boating and fishing. Martin Lake offers water skiing, power boating and sail boating. The warm water is great for swimmers. Horseshoe Lake offers a quieter haven for canoeists, kayakers, and lower-speed sailors. Both lakes hold catfish, bass,…

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Walsenburg Mining Museum

Walsenburg Mining Museum
November 27, 2011

Staff writer The Walsenburg Mining Museum, located in the 1896 Huerfano County Jail, shows the history of mining in the area and the people who worked in the mines. The museum includes a mine office, jail cells, vintage photos, maps, gear, tools and memorabilia. A monument in front of the Museum includes the names of hundreds of miners who worked in Southern Colorado. Guided tours are available. Details Walsenburg Mining…

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Walsenburg history

Walsenburg history
November 27, 2011

Staff writer Walsenburg began some 150 years ago as La Plaza de los Leones, named after settler Don Miguel Antonio Leon. A German merchant, Fred Walsen, settled nearby in 1870 and his mercantile business attracted German settlers to follow. After he helped incorporate the new town, he was honored by its name, “Walsenburg.” In 1876, Walsen opened the area’s first coal mine, and mining became an economic mainstay in the…

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Pueblo

Pueblo Colorado, the Steel City
November 22, 2011

By Sue Deans Pueblo, located where the Arkansas River meets Fountain Creek about 100 miles south of downtown Denver, is the county seat of Pueblo County and home to some 100,000 people. The self-described “Steel City” was long a major producer of steel. Visitors enjoy the river walk in the Union Avenue Historic Commercial District. A noted native son is newspaperman Damon Runyon, who often mentioned Pueblo in his columns….

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Pueblo history

Colorado Fuel and Iron mill in Pueblo
November 22, 2011

By Sue Deans In the 1840s, traders and trappers helped build a plaza known as El Pueblo or Fort Pueblo, hoping to promote settlement and trade along the Arkansas River, then a border with Mexico. The few families who lived there traded with Native Americans for hides and other items. A raid by Utes and Apaches in 1854 killed more than a dozen residents, and the post was abandoned, to…

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Fort Collins

Fort Collins
November 16, 2011

Fort Collins is best known as the home of Colorado State University but also featurs arts and recreation, high tech industry and a thriving brewery industry.

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Estes Park

Elk in Estes Park
November 16, 2011

Surrounded by peaks soaring to 14,000 feet, Estes Park sits in one of Colorado’s most beautiful spots. It’s also next to Rocky Mountain National Park, a “must see” spot for visitors to Colorado.

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Greeley

Greeley
November 16, 2011

When Horace Greeley, famed editor of the New York Tribune, said, “Go West, young man,” his namesake city of Greeley was one of the results.

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Longmont

Long's Peak rises above Longmont
November 16, 2011

By Sue Deans Longmont, with its agricultural roots, is quite different from Boulder, its Boulder County neighbor and the county seat. Many consider Longmont a somewhat quieter alternative to Boulder, but with a similar focus on the arts, outdoor recreation, technology and a thriving restaurant scene. In 2006, Longmont was named an All-American City by the National Civic League. Attractions • Longmont arts scene • Longmont Museum & Cultural Center…

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Colorado Springs history

President Theodore Roosevelt visits Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

By Sue Deans Colorado Springs, originally a community of miners, was first known as Colorado City. But in 1871, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad passed through the area, and Gen. William J. Palmer followed with a plan for boulevards, schools and parks. Soon the beginnings of a town arose, taking its name from Colorado City, its predecessor, and from the mineral springs six miles west. Palmer invited his rich…

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