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Community in Colorado: A Confluence of Cultures

Added by yongli on 09/13/2017 - 15:27, last changed on 12/15/2017 - 12:32
One popular vision of Colorado presents a region of open spaces where a lone man rides into the setting sun. He is strong, silent, and through individual effort manages to save the girl, bring in the cattle, and haul the “bad guys” off to jail, all before the credits roll. This is the individualist...

Making Sense of Here: An Introduction to the Place Section

Added by yongli on 02/16/2017 - 10:15, last changed on 10/18/2017 - 12:02
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...

Colorado Climate

Added by yongli on 04/27/2017 - 16:20, last changed on 08/25/2017 - 11:13
Colorado’s combination of high elevation, midlatitude, and continental interior geography results in a cool, dry, and invigorating climate. The average annual temperature for the state is 43.5 degrees Fahrenheit (F), which is 13.7 degrees below the global mean. The average statewide precipitation...

Colorado Geology

Added by yongli on 06/24/2016 - 14:26, last changed on 12/15/2017 - 12:20
The Earth beneath the rugged mountains and serene plains of Colorado records an ancient saga. Broad tropical seas teemed with life, while reptiles roamed on shore. Continents converged and collided, building massive mountains, only to be torn apart by the movements of colossal tectonic plates...

Colorado National Monument

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:17, last changed on 12/04/2017 - 01:07
On May 24, 1911, President William Howard Taft established Colorado National Monument in Mesa County , near Grand Junction . Today the monument, one of eight in Colorado, encompasses more than 20,000 acres of sandstone cliffs and monoliths, scenic canyons, and sparse vegetation. The area draws...

Colorado–Big Thompson Project

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 13:27, last changed on 11/10/2017 - 01:07
The Colorado–Big Thompson Project (C–BT) is the largest transmountain water diversion in the state of Colorado. Built between 1938 and 1956, the C–BT Project provides supplemental water for municipal, industrial, and irrigation purposes in northeastern Colorado. Water from the C–BT Project also...

Dolores County

Added by yongli on 08/16/2016 - 10:50, last changed on 12/12/2017 - 09:46
Dolores County is a sparsely populated county in southwestern Colorado, named for the river that flows from the San Juan Mountains on its eastern flank. It covers 1,068 square miles and is bordered to the north by San Miguel County , to the east by San Juan County , to the southeast by La Plata...

Grand Junction

Added by yongli on 01/24/2017 - 16:26, last changed on 12/05/2017 - 01:07
With a population of nearly 60,000, Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado’s Western Slope . The city takes its name from its location at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado (formerly the Grand) Rivers, in the heart of the Grand Valley . Grand Junction lies near some of the state’s...

La Plata County

Added by yongli on 08/16/2016 - 10:31, last changed on 12/12/2017 - 11:20
La Plata County covers 1,700 square miles in southwest Colorado. It is named for the La Plata River and La Plata Mountains, both of which are named for the Spanish word for “silver.” La Plata County is bordered to the north by San Juan County , to the east by Hinsdale and Archuleta counties, to the...

Mesa County

Added by yongli on 06/27/2016 - 15:11, last changed on 12/14/2017 - 09:18
Mesa County is situated on 3,341 square miles of the eastern Colorado Plateau in western Colorado. The county is named for the wide, flat-topped mountains within its borders. The Spanish called such mountains mesas —meaning “tables.” The county’s largest mesa, Grand Mesa , rises more than 11,000...

Montrose County

Added by yongli on 11/14/2016 - 16:29, last changed on 12/15/2017 - 12:31
Montrose County covers 2,243 square miles in western Colorado. Named for its seat, Montrose , the county is bordered to the north by Mesa and Delta Counties, to the east by Gunnison County , to the south by Ouray and San Miguel Counties, and to the west by the state of Utah. The county has a...

Rio Blanco County

Added by yongli on 03/31/2017 - 16:39, last changed on 12/06/2017 - 01:07
Rio Blanco County is a remote, mountainous county in northwestern Colorado covering 3,223 square miles. Named for the White River —“Rio Blanco” in Spanish—the county lies on the northern edge of the Colorado Plateau and is bordered to the north by Moffat County , to the east by Routt County , to...

San Miguel County

Added by yongli on 08/16/2016 - 10:45, last changed on 12/04/2017 - 01:07
San Miguel County covers 1,289 square miles in southwest Colorado. Named for the river that flows northwest across its eastern flank, the county is bordered to the north by Montrose County , to the east by Ouray County , to the southeast by San Juan County , to the south by Dolores County , and to...
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