Look beyond hypsometry when you look for peaks to bag

Article by Allen Best

Mountains – May 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

My quarrel with peak-bagging, particularly of the 14er variety, is that it is so undiscriminating, and at this point, so clichéd. I don’t like sounding haughty about this, but the fact remains that Mt. Princeton is much easier than Ice Mountain, yet Princeton gets assaulted daily and Ice doesn’t, just because Princeton is over 14,000 feet.

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Shall We Gather at the (Gunnison) Ditches?

Article by Kym O’Connell-Todd and Mark Todd

Local Festivals – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

For the past century or more, the Gunnison Valley — in one way or another — has drowned in water issues. From its infancy, Gunnison provided a paradise for those who recognized the value of the region’s resources — especially water.

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Notes & Commentary for May 1994

Brief by Various

Mountain Life – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

Rising to the Occasion

LEADVILLE — Hypsometry (the lore of altitudes) was simpler a few years ago. Climax Molybdenum was running, and so was its post office at zip code 80429 — the highest in the United States at about 11,200 feet.

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Jack Frost is supposed to depart soon

Article by Ed Quillen

Climate – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

This is when even devout non-gardeners like me drool uncontrollably over seed catalogs. Every four-color variety of squash, bean or melon looks comely, even luscious — and then there’s the fine print:


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Saguache Museum is the core of the community

Article by Martha Quillen

Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

In his 1959 book, Guide to the Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Perry Eberhart says, “Saguache is almost as colorful today as it was during its early years. One of the few county seats in Colorado without a railroad, Saguache has retained its frontier personality. Cowboys still dress the part here. The city is interesting and prosperous.

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The Little Engines that Can, in Buena Vista

Article by Martha & Ed Quillen

Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

Before the turn of the century, central Colorado boasted nearly 600 miles of railroads — the main lines of the Denver & Rio Grande, the Colorado Midland, and the Denver, South Park and Pacific, as well as branches to Westcliffe, Crestone, and Monarch.

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The third landmark in Silver Cliff

Article by Hal Walter

Musuems – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

Really, there are only three landmarks in the Wet Mountain Valley town of Silver Cliff. Two are taverns; the other, the Silver Cliff Museum.

If you happen to stumble out of the Silver Dome or Clever’s on a bright summer afternoon and need a sobering thought, walk — don’t drive — down the road a block or two to the museum. Author John K. Aldrich, who wrote Ghosts of the Sangre de Cristo Area, said the Silver Cliff Museum was one of the best he’d seen.

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Leadville leads in quality and variety

Article by Lynda La Rocca

Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

Leadville has been called a lot of things over the years. Some nicknames — Two-Mile-High City, Cloud City, Magic City — are picturesque; many others are unprintable.

A rarely mentioned, but truly deserved, sobriquet is “Museum Capital of Colorado.” With more than half a dozen such attractions, Leadville offers about one museum for every 500 residents, which might qualify it as “Per-Capita Museum Leader of the Observable Universe.” And one museum even doubles as the temporal lodging for the city’s resident deity, a friendly, bearded individual who goes by the name of L.G. (“Living God”) Cosmos.

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Salida Museum has a little bit of everything

Article by Martha Quillen Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine History can’t be toted on a cash register, nor added up like so many numbers and presented with unfailing accuracy — for history is a living thing, wholly reliant on those who feed and nurture it. South Park City has breathed life into …

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South Park City displays daily life

Article by Martha Quillen

Museums – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

In 1885, Leadville was the second largest city in Colorado with 16,000 citizens, three daily newspapers, two weeklies, two hospitals, two telephone companies, eight schools, seven churches, three Masonic lodges, two Odd Fellow lodges, thirteen hotels, two railroads, eight smelting and reduction works, an uncountable number of mining operations both large and small, plus a gas company, a water works company and an electric lights company.

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Preserve endangered species by sending them to town

Essay by Peggy Godfrey

Wildlife Management – May 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine

Just pick up a metro paper or turn on the tv news, and you see that our big cities have problems with violent gangs, and the obvious solutions aren’t acceptable to many well-meaning people.

Meanwhile, we have problems here with coyotes, bears, lions, and the like, and the obvious solution also affronts many well-meaning people.

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