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Making Sense of Here: An Introduction to the Place Section

Added by yongli on 02/16/2017 - 10:15, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:39
Colorado is quite a place. Thousands of residents and visitors have arrived independently at that insight, without the guidance of experts. Through the verticality of the state’s mountains, the horizontality of its plains, and the dynamic mixture of verticality and horizontality in the exposed...

Aspen

Added by yongli on 11/19/2015 - 13:49, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Aspen, located along the Roaring Fork River west of Independence Pass , is the county seat of Pitkin County . Now one of the state’s most iconic hubs for culture and recreation, Aspen began like many Colorado towns—as a small mining camp, founded by Henry B. Gillespie in 1879. Rich silver mines in...

Boulder

Added by yongli on 02/22/2017 - 12:34, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Boulder is Colorado’s eleventh-most populous city, twenty-five miles northwest of Denver , nestled against the foothills of the Front Range . Home of the University of Colorado (CU), the city has a population of 97,385 and is the seat of Boulder County . Boulder was founded during the Colorado Gold...

Cave of the Winds

Added by yongli on 06/15/2016 - 15:46, last changed on 02/24/2017 - 14:42
Cave of the Winds, located in Williams Canyon a few miles northwest of Colorado Springs , is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colorado. Two schoolboys are credited with discovering the cave in 1880, though various legends hold that Ute and Apache tribes knew about it for centuries...

Celebrity Sports Center

Added by yongli on 01/17/2017 - 14:04, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:37
Celebrity Lanes, later known as Celebrity Sports Center and then Celebrity Fun Center, was a relatively successful entertainment complex in Denver from the 1960s through the 1980s. The center represented the rise of a national trend in centralized shopping and entertainment complexes during the...

Central City Opera House

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Added by Greg Vogl on 07/15/2015 - 14:12, last changed on 04/17/2017 - 12:42
Built in 1878, the Central City Opera House is the oldest opera house in Colorado. Though it declined along with Central City’s economy in the 1880s, it puttered along as a theater and movie house until owner Peter McFarlane finally closed its doors in 1927. Five years later, the building was...

Colorado Springs

Added by yongli on 01/18/2017 - 15:35, last changed on 05/31/2017 - 11:38
Colorado Springs is the second-most populous city in Colorado, with more than 456,000 residents. Located about sixty miles south of Denver at the base of Pikes Peak , it is the county seat of El Paso County and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. Since it was established by...

Crestone

Added by yongli on 08/20/2015 - 14:38, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Perhaps no town in the western United States has taken a more unexpected turn than Crestone, Colorado – the onetime mining and ranching center has become an international hub for Buddhist, Hindu, New Age, and other spiritual practices. Located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the...

Denver

Added by yongli on 08/03/2016 - 15:33, last changed on 05/16/2017 - 08:26
Denver is the capital of Colorado and the twenty-first largest city in the United States, sprawling over six counties and 3,497 square miles of the High Plains and the Rocky Mountain foothills. Centered at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek , the city and county of Denver...

Douglas County

Added by yongli on 02/21/2017 - 16:36, last changed on 08/04/2017 - 14:23
Douglas County covers 843 square miles between Denver and Colorado Springs on the western Great Plains along the Front Range . The county was established in 1861 as one of the original seventeen counties of the Colorado Territory . It is bordered to the north by Arapahoe County , to the east by...

Eisenhower Tunnel

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 12:19, last changed on 04/18/2017 - 16:11
The Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel (also known simply as the Eisenhower Tunnel) carries Interstate 70 traffic underneath the Continental Divide . The 1.6-mile-long pair of tunnels, carrying two lanes of traffic east and west, respectively, is seventy miles west of Denver in Summit County and...

Fort Lewis College

Added by yongli on 02/22/2017 - 13:22, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:37
Fort Lewis College is an accredited four-year liberal arts school located in Durango . Originally an army post , Fort Lewis evolved into an Indian boarding school in the late nineteenth century before the state of Colorado purchased the facilities in 1911. The deed accompanying the purchase...

Fourteeners

Added by yongli on 08/20/2015 - 10:30, last changed on 05/24/2017 - 09:29
Colorado is home to fifty-eight of the nation’s mountain peaks taller than 14,000 feet in elevation. Known colloquially as “Fourteeners,” these mountains dominate Colorado’s skyline and shape the way people live and identify with nature in the Rocky Mountain West. Throughout Colorado’s history,...

Front Range

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:06, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
The Front Range is a corridor of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding land stretching 200 miles from the Wyoming border on the north to the Arkansas River on the south. The western border of the Front Range consists of a collection of high mountain ranges, from the Medicine Bow and Laramie Mountains...

Georgetown Loop

Added by yongli on 08/11/2016 - 16:38, last changed on 05/23/2017 - 10:11
The Georgetown Loop is a rail line running between Georgetown and Silver Plume that showcases Colorado’s mountain scenery and mining heritage. The Georgetown Loop represents a major part of Colorado’s formative history—railroad development—as well as one of the state’s strongest industries—tourism...

Gilpin County

Added by yongli on 11/14/2016 - 10:51, last changed on 08/04/2017 - 14:28
Gilpin County, located in the high country east of the Continental Divide some thirty-seven miles west of Denver , was established in 1861 as one of the original seventeen counties of the Colorado Territory . The county encompasses about 150 square miles of mountainous terrain that ranges in...

Grand County

Added by yongli on 11/14/2016 - 12:52, last changed on 08/04/2017 - 14:29
Established in 1874, Grand County lies in the north central Rocky Mountains some sixty-seven miles west of Denver . It is named for the Grand River, an early name for the Colorado River . Encompassing 1,868 square miles, Grand County is bordered to the north by Jackson County , to the northeast by...

Great Eclipse of 1878

Added by yongli on 01/18/2017 - 13:51, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:39
In 1878 a widely publicized total solar eclipse passed over the state of Colorado. The so-called Great Eclipse of 1878 would garner national attention for the state, as it was the ideal place to view the event thanks to the higher elevation and ready access to tall mountain peaks—perfect places for...

Hotel de Paris

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 10:29, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:35
Hotel de Paris was an idealized imitation of a Norman inn and is older than the State of Colorado itself. A former cook, journalist, and miner, Frenchman Louis Dupuy (born Adolph François Gerard) established the hotel and restaurant on October 9, 1875, in the Powers Building, formerly occupied by...

LoDo (Lower Downtown Denver)

Added by yongli on 04/15/2015 - 15:31, last changed on 05/11/2017 - 10:42
Officially known as the Union Station neighborhood until The Denver Post’ s Dick Kreck first referred to it as LoDo (as in Manhattan’s SoHo) in a 1983 column, Lower Downtown Denver has become a national model of how a decaying core city neighborhood can be converted to a thriving residential,...

Meeker

Added by yongli on 08/18/2015 - 16:12, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
About 225 miles west of Denver, at an elevation of 6,400 feet and adjacent to the White River, lies the small mountain community of Meeker. It is known for its ranching and access to hunting and fishing areas, as well as other outdoor recreation hotspots, including the nearby Flat Tops. With a...

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 11:13, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:37
Located just west of Denver near the town of Morrison , Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre combines awe-inspiring natural scenery with natural acoustic splendor. The 868-acre park stands 6,450 feet above sea level between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. The park’s amphitheater opened to the...

Royal Gorge

Added by yongli on 11/10/2015 - 12:27, last changed on 05/16/2017 - 08:24
The Royal Gorge is a spectacular canyon along the Arkansas River near Cañon City in south-central Colorado. With a narrowest width of just 30 feet at the bottom of the canyon and a depth exceeding 1,200 feet in some places, the nearly ten-mile-long canyon is considered a world wonder of geology ...

Stapleton International Airport

Added by yongli on 08/03/2016 - 13:07, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 07:05
Stapleton International Airport opened as a small municipal airport in 1929–30 and went on to become Denver’s primary airport for sixty-five years, until it was replaced by Denver International Airport in 1995. The airport played a major role in Denver ’s development as a national transportation...

Sterling

Added by yongli on 06/28/2017 - 14:05, last changed on 06/28/2017 - 14:07
Sterling is the county seat of Logan County in northeastern Colorado. Founded by homesteaders along the South Platte River in 1881, Sterling quickly developed into a commercial hub on Colorado’s eastern plains. Although it has been through its share of booms and busts, the town continues to serve...

Victor

Added by yongli on 04/03/2017 - 15:42, last changed on 05/17/2017 - 17:42
Victor, the “City of Mines,” is located in Teller County on the western side of Pikes Peak . Incorporated in 1894, Victor was part of the Cripple Creek District , site of Colorado’s last significant gold mining boom. The city is situated next to Pike National Forest and overlooks the Wet Mountains...

Western Slope

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:14, last changed on 08/07/2017 - 17:05
“A Fantasy land,” “a mystique,” “a state of mind”—these are only some of the expressions used to describe the Western Slope of Colorado, commonly defined as the roughly one-third of the state that lies west of the Continental Divide . The serpentine divide forms the region’s eastern boundary,...
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