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Agricultural Extension Service

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 13:57, last changed on 02/16/2018 - 11:16
The agricultural extension service in Colorado (1887–present) links individuals, organizations, and communities with research experts to address agrarian issues. These issues encompass rural problems associated with farming and ranching, as well as urban topics such as cooperative gardens and...

Chicago-Colorado Colony

Added by yongli on 12/06/2017 - 12:21, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:45
The Chicago-Colorado Colony (1871–73) established the city of Longmont near the confluence of St. Vrain and Left Hand Creeks in 1871. Financed by wealthy Chicagoans and consisting mostly of immigrants from the Midwest, the colony was an agricultural community that emphasized thrift, temperance, and...

Painter Family

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 11:00, last changed on 12/29/2017 - 08:13
The Painter was a prosperous ranching family in Colorado during the early 1900s. Even though ranching went into universal decline following a brutal winter in 1886, the Painter family remained successful due to equal parts luck, persistence, and scientific management of their cattle herds. They...

Richard Wetherill

Added by yongli on 10/22/2015 - 10:53, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:41
Richard Wetherill (1858–1910) was a nineteenth-century rancher and explorer who made some of the most significant Ancestral Pueblo archaeological discoveries in Colorado and the Four Corners area. He brought these findings to the attention of the general public and led many expeditions that...

Rock Art of Colorado

Added by yongli on 10/29/2015 - 14:34, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:41
Colorado is home to a rich variety of prehistoric and historic art carved on cliff sides and boulders. Most rock art is found in river basins. The mountain areas that cut a wide vertical swath through the state are relatively devoid of rock art. There are the two types of rock art: pecked art,...


Added by yongli on 05/10/2016 - 10:13, last changed on 12/02/2017 - 01:07
Sunflowers, several species of which are native to Colorado, are grown as ornamental garden plants, for their edible seeds, and as commercial crops for confection seeds and oil. Sunflowers offer many ecological and economic benefits to commercial agriculture because they demand few inputs, such as...

The Bee Family Farm

Added by yongli on 02/24/2016 - 15:25, last changed on 06/08/2018 - 09:19
The Bee Family Farm is a historic farm located between Fort Collins and Wellington. In operation as a working farm since 1894, it is now an outdoor museum that preserves and displays the family’s historic artifacts, buildings, and fields to help visitors experience the history of farming in...

The First National Western Stock Show

Added by yongli on 08/03/2016 - 10:56, last changed on 03/26/2018 - 14:10
The origins of Denver ’s annual National Western Stock Show, today one of the city’s biggest tourism draws, date to 1898, a time when American cities competed for the attention of various national organizations in the hope of hosting conventions to bring in revenue. The first stock show helped...

The Sugar Beet Industry

Added by yongli on 11/02/2015 - 16:15, last changed on 04/26/2018 - 01:07
Today sugar beet production is a small part of Colorado’s economy, but in the twentieth century it was the most important agricultural activity in the state. Of more than twenty sugar-refining factories, most built between 1899 and 1920, only the Fort Morgan factory remains in operation. In recent...
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