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Colorado Downtown Streets

Safety, walkability, transportation, and aesthetic design are all important components of planning a downtown commercial area, whether in a large city or a small town. Downtowns and “Main Streets” can, if well planned, boost tourism and enhance quality of life for residents. Therefore the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Colorado Department of Public Health […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: The WPA in Colorado

During the height of the Great Depression, as banks failed, unemployment soared, and farm prices dropped, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established as one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal projects. The WPA focused on creating and providing jobs rather than handing out direct relief. Most of the WPA jobs were aimed at […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: History of Aspen, Colorado

Today, Aspen’s riches come from the ski industry — but they used to come from silver mining. Aspen was founded in 1879, during the glory days of Colorado silver mining — the same era when mining boomtowns like Leadville and Georgetown were being established. With seemingly endless amounts of silver in the nearby Elk and […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: The Colorado State Museum

Have you lived in Colorado long enough to remember when the State Museum was located at 14th and Sherman, in what is now the Legislative Services Building? The State Historical Society was established in 1879 and its earliest museum exhibits were located in the State Capitol. By the early 1900s, however, the Society wanted its […]

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Colorado State Parks: Barr Lake

  If you’re looking for a quick getaway near the Denver metro area, check out Barr Lake State Park, located near Brighton. The park includes boating, fishing, a nature trail and Nature Center, and wildlife viewing stations. And while boating and fishing aren’t in season right now, there are lots of other things to do […]

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Colorado State Parks: Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), located just outside of Salida, is a popular spot for kayaking and whitewater rafting. In fact, according to Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the Arkansas River is the “most commercially rafted river in the United States.” The park also offers camping, fishing, hiking, biking, and wildlife watching and features event […]

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Where to Go to See Fall Colors

“Leaf peeping season” has arrived. Where are the best places to go to view Colorado’s colorful aspens? For suggestions on Colorado’s most colorful state parks, visit Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Fall Colors page. Here you can find suggestions not only for where to go, but how – whether you prefer a car trip, camping, hiking, […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Postcards from Southwestern Colorado

Bird’s-eye view of Durango, circa 1907-1914. In today’s world of social media and instant communication, the postcard has become a lost art. But the basic idea is the same – the desire to share pictures and updates with friends and family while you’re apart. A century ago, postcards were a popular and cheap way to […]

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May is Historic Preservation Month

All this month communities across the nation are celebrating their unique places and stories. What events are happening in Colorado? Check out History Colorado’s list of Preservation Month events, including tours, lectures, festivals, workshops, and more. Our library receives lots of questions about historic preservation in Colorado. Some of the most frequently asked questions include: […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Historic Markers

Whether you’re on a road trip or exploring your own neighborhood, roadside markers and “point of interest” signs are a fun way to learn about our state’s history, and establish a connection with events that happened on a particular spot so long ago. The mid-twentieth century was the heydey for the creation of historical markers […]

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The Colorado State Fair

The Colorado State Fair begins today and runs through September 4.  This annual event began in 1869 — before Colorado even was a state — with a horse show in Pueblo.  148 years later Pueblo still hosts the fair.  The State Fair includes a variety of contests and entertainment, including rodeos; livestock and animal shows; […]

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Agri-Tour Colorado this Summer

If you’re looking for a fun way to experience Colorado this summer, consider the many facets of agritourism.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a handy webpage which includes information on how both producers and consumers can take advantage of agritourism in our state.  What is agritourism?  According to the Department, Agritourism covers a wide […]

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Colorado Grasslands

On the plains of Colorado, grassland ecosystems provide habitats for many species of plants and animals.  Yet increased human migration and development is causing the disappearance of much of the state’s historic grasslands.  Some, however, have been protected, such as the Pawnee and Comanche National Grasslands, which draw visitors to experience nature and learn about […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Bent's Fort

If you’re looking for a fun and educational place to take your kids this summer, they will surely enjoy Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.  Here visitors can learn about early frontier life, including trade and commerce as well as cultural intersections, by exploring a reconstruction of the fort originally built in 1833 by George […]

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Main Street Revitalization Act

In 2014 the Colorado Legislature passed HB14-1311, the “Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act,” which provided tax credits for Colorado communities to use to boost economic development — including job creation and tourism — while preserving the community’s unique historic commercial structures.  So how has it been doing so far?  According to the Colorado […]

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Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife issues a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years.  The current plan, issued in 2014, covers Colorado recreation planning, funding, and grants for 2014-2018.  According to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website, Every five years, each state updates their SCORP plan to remain eligible for stateside LWCF dollars, which […]

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Sights and Sounds of Autumn

It’s officially fall, which can be a great time to head outdoors.  It’s still warm enough to hike, and in the high country the fall colors are on brilliant display.  Wildlife are also making their preparations for winter. Sights and Sounds of Autumn is a publication from the Colorado Division of Wildlife that explores characteristics […]

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Georgetown's Hotel de Paris

If you’re headed to the mountains this summer and are looking for some interesting history, stop in Georgetown — right off I-70 — and tour the Hotel de Paris.  The hotel’s founder, Louis Dupuy, was born in France and arrived in Denver in 1869.  He opened the hotel in 1875, and from that year until […]

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Colorado Tourism Office

Have ideas about how Colorado can enhance tourism?  The Colorado Tourism Office is holding public input sessions for development of their new Colorado Tourism Roadmap (which, of course, will be added to our library collection once it is published).  The Roadmap will help “identify future opportunities and challenges, along with a set of strategies and […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Film and Television in Colorado, 1980

One of the seemingly perennial issues at the Legislature and in tourism circles recently is how to attract more film and television production to Colorado.  This issue is nothing new, however.  Back in 1980, the Colorado Motion Picture and Television Advisory Commission submitted a report to Governor Lamm which outlined the challenges of bringing more […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: The San Juan District, 1925

In the 1920s the Colorado State Board of Immigration published a series of booklets on Colorado’s regions, with the goal of attracting tourists and settlers to the various areas of the state.  In 1925 they focused on the San Juan region of Colorado, including the counties of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan, […]