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Marines see Leadville as an icon of America

Brief by Allen Best

Leadville – January 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine

A drill platoon from the U.S. Marine Corps stopped in Leadville to shoot a commercial against the backdrop of the Sawatch Range, Colorado’s loftiest.

The marines had also shot commercials at other “iconic sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Grand Canyon, as well as New York’s Time Square, and the Independence Mall in Philadelphia.”

A spokesman, Sgt. Brian Griffith, told the Leadville Chronicle that the Marines hope to deepen their connection with Americans. “You look around you and you see America — the snow-capped mountains we all hear about. You see people who live the American lifestyle. You live the American dream. We’re here to protect it.”

About a third of Leadville residents commute an hour to two hours a day across the Continental Divide to work in Summit and Eagle counties, where Vail, Breckenridge and four other ski resorts are located.