Golden Opportunities for Activist Historians

Essay by Laura Mccall

Growth – July 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

IN The American West as Living Space, historian and Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Wallace Stegner asked his readers to consider the West “as both a space alive with all manner of beings and as a space to be lived in and responded to,” cherished and preserved. Stegner noted that urban and rural sprawl threaten most regions of the United States yet pose particular dangers to the American West. Uniquely delicate ecosystems, limited wildlife habitat for scores of endangered species, and sustainable water supplies are environmental realities. The nature of current development, with its emphasis on tract homes over former farm and rangeland, coupled with the peculiarly Western dependence on the automobile, are eroding our sense of community and identification with the land and the past.

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A Role for WSC: Somebody needs to fight these growths

Essay by Laura Mccall

Western Life – January 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine

IN THE 1970s, Gunnison’s only franchise was A & W — an old and somewhat quaint chain that employed car-hops in the summer months. McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Taco Bell did not exist. In 1987, a company named ALCO came to town and built their cinder block discount store, the site of the present-day Wal-Mart, over a pasture where the largest and most-magnificent bulls used to graze.

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