Dinosaur Depot

Article by Elaine Foster

Roadside Attractions – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN since you touched the leg of a dinosaur?

And when was the last time you walked the land where dinosaurs are known to have lived and died? Or held a fossil in your hand? Or examined one under a digital microscope?

If it’s been ‘ages’, then it’s time for you to visit Colorado’s ancient past and hold bits of its exotic plants and creatures right in your hand. You can touch a real Apatosuarus bone. There’s one right inside the door of the Dinosaur Depot in Cañon City, just for you to handle.

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Beneath the surface at the Lost Mine

Brief by Central Staff

Roadside Attractions – September 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

As Colorado mines go, the Lost Mine above Wellsville was both typical and unusual. Typical in that it wasn’t very big and it ran for only a few years; unusual because it produced manganese and tungsten, rather than gold, silver, coal, lead, zinc, or molybdenum.

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Highway 17: Roadside Attractions & Distractions

Article by Mike Rosso

Roadside attractions – October 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine –

Colorado Highway 17 is not a Scenic Byway. Though it parallels the massive Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range, it’s primary visual asset is the nearly straight line it follows from the junction of Highway 285 south of Villa Grove to the outskirts of Alamosa. You won’t find a fast food restaurant on Hwy 17. For that matter, you would be hard-pressed to find anything resembling food on this byway.

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Back in the hills at the J. Kyle Braid Youth Leadership Ranch

Article by Gene Rybarczyk

Roadside attractions – April 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine

AS WE DROVE AWAY from the ranch I had a strong feeling that we had not been told the truth. I said as much to John and Colleen Weeks, my friends from Creede. John asked what I meant. I had to admit I wasn’t quite sure. It wasn’t that anyone had lied to

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Berth and Breakfast at restored railroad station

Article by Clint Driscoll

Roadside Attractions – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine

NINETY YEARS after the Denver, South Park & Pacific narrow-gauge railroad stopped chugging over Trout Creek Pass, it is still possible to reserve a berth in a Victorian Pullman sleeping car or a drover’s caboose and enjoy the hospitality offered in a typical 1880s-era depot. Irene and Juel Kjeldsen own and operate the Trout City Inn Berth and Breakfast on the west side of Trout Creek Pass about six miles east of Buena Vista on U.S. 285/24. There, local railroad history lives.

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The RV City at Antero Junction

Article by Laurie Wagner Buyer

Roadside Attractions – July 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine

YEARS AGO BUFFALO ROAMED HERE, and Ute Indians hunted along the pine-timbered ridges and grassy bottoms of the South Fork of the South Platte River. When the homesteaders and ranchers arrived in South Park this was the domain of the Harringtons, the 63 Ranch, and Tom McQuaid’s Salt Works Ranch; cattle replaced the buffalo, and cowboys rode the rocky hills.

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Foot-High Pies and other signs of Road Weirdness

Essay by Lynda La Rocca

Roadside attractions – August 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Although the Burma Shave signs that entertained and enlightened travelers cruising the nation’s highways have gone the way of the Edsel, modern motorists need not despair.

The wacky road sign is alive and well. Informal research conducted by my husband Steve and me during a recent 3,800-mile round trip from the Colorado high country to the New Jersey shore (accompanied by our puppy Twink and box turtle SunSpot, but that’s another story), confirms that this dinosaur of the advertising age continues to lure tourists off the interstates for a glimpse of an oddity or the acquisition of a yard-long pecan log.

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