How US 50 came to pass through Central Colorado

Article by Alvin Edlund, Jr.

Transportation History – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine

ONE OF THE LONGEST HIGHWAYS in the United States is Highway 50, which stretches from Ocean City, Maryland, to Sacramento, California, and passes through Washington D.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, and Central Colorado. A sign at Ocean City declares this coast-to-coast highway is 3,073 miles long.

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Tourism destroys environment faster than old industries did

Letter from Emil Bruce Lester, Jr.

Industrial Tourism – July 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Mining, Logging, Grazing Would Have to Work at It To Destroy Like Tourism


Soon after someone devises another way of earning a living, others join in, associations are formed, political action committees are financed, and someone adds the postscript “industry” to the business.

Tourism has now matured to the level of an “industry” in this country. Thirty years ago, tourism would have been considered an activity for the marginally employed, for the leisure set, and for retirees; it was not a serious occupation. Today serious money is involved.

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