Not much left of Amache

Letter from Roger Williams

Internments – June 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

Regarding Ralph Carr, mentioned on pages 32-33 in the May edition, I’ve visited the Amache site of an internment camp. A permit from town wasn’t needed — I drove right in. Not much was left but foundations. I wonder if Japanese in Hawaii were interned. One of my prep school classmates (Form of 1959) was a Japanese-Hawaiian.

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Closings for homeland security

Letter from Roger Williams

Security – April 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

Regarding your usual interesting issue [March, 2008]: P. 7, “War on terrorism…”: I’ve seen cars driving over Dillon Dam, but I’ve never been over it myself; I didn’t know it was closed.

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No public transportation

Letter from Roger Williams

Transportation – August 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

Not only has the “Ark Valley” lost all its trains, it has also lost its bus service. When I first visited it in 1973, passenger trains were long gone; but Continental Trailways still served the Valley, from Leadville to Buena Vista. With no car and I didn’t drive, I made the most of it, to bag 14ers and even, later, make a memorable hike from Buena Vista over the mountains to Aspen via Trailways to Buena Vista, then a van or hitch from Aspen to Glenwood Springs and the then Rio Grande Zephyr back to Denver.

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Comments on May

Letter from Roger Williams

Colorado Central – July 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

I just finished the latest issue I have, May 2007, N° 159. If a later one is out, I must have left it at McDonald’s across the street where I have McBreakfast in a “senior moment.” A few comments are in order:

Page 8, a steam unit: I’ve ridden the Cumbres & Toltec, Durango & Silverton and others like the Cripple Creek & Victor or Georgetown Loop, Ski Train etc. several times. Hope to ride the new train over La Veta Pass this summer. Appreciate the details.

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Some questions, and two answers

Letter from Roger Williams

Mountain Life – March 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

Lots to comment on in this interesting [January 2007] issue. For a start, where was that cover picture taken? (A bison, grazing below a snowcapped range, with not a sign of human activity). The Zapata Ranch, near Great Sand Dunes?

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Engines on the track

Letter from Roger Williams

Transportation – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

How appropriate: that engine on the track in your latest issue is a 4-8-2 Mountain type, with no tender (it wouldn’t go very far), on p. 12. (the engine on the cover is a tenderless 4-4-0 American). Some issues back, the tracks across the top led to a small SUV just like my Suzuki jeep, a 1990 Samurai. It’s been all over the West, and part of the Midwest too.

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Some questions

Letter from Roger Williams

Colorado Central – February 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

Some questions

Editors:

A few questions: Is the dog in the snowy scene on the cover “Schnee” (German for snow), mentioned in “Chalk Creek Pass in Winter” on p.17? At first I thought it might have been Buster, another German Shepherd (not Shepard) recently in the news.

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Getting around

Letter from Roger Williams

Access – November 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

On my way to Chaco Canyon and other points, I investigated the old road that descends from some old cabins below treeline on the slopes of South Parry Peak or nearby, at the end of Mt. Elbert’s long southeast ridge, to Route 82 just west of Twin Lakes. I’ve descended this twice on traverses of Mt. Elbert (North Parry Peak is near James Peak above Winter Park/Mary Jane, and Loch Lomond). All I found was NO TRESPASSING signs. Ugh! I’m glad I followed this down not up both times. (I returned to Half Moon via the Colorado Trail after a night on the trail or in the Nordic Inn). I don’t remember these horrid signs, which I’d like to make a bonfire of as usual. I thought it was San Isabel N.F.

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No trespass problems yet

Letter from Roger Williams

Recreation – September 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

Democrat, Lincoln and Bross in the Mosquito Range closed by private land? (Aug. 2005, p. 9, “DO NOT ENTER”). That’s news to me. When I climbed them, plus nearby Buckskin Mt., a few years ago, the only signs I saw were on some old mines by the road up the valley posted “No Trespassing.” They obviously applied to the mine properties, not the road.

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Those old phone PRefixes

Letter from Roger Williams

Communications – May 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

Expressions for cold? How about Cold enough…to freeze the balls off a brass monkey; colder than a witch’s teat. (A few summer days here would be hot enough to melt the balls off the brass monkey).

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Inches of acres, and some minor triple divides

Letter from Roger Williams

Geography – October 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

I noticed with amusement that the ad from the Wall Street Journal, “Colorado: An Enviable Position” about “Southfork” that was on page 11 [of the September edition of Colorado Central], and says their sites “are protected by almost 2 mm acres” of National Forest land. This is 2 millimeters or about 1/12 of an inch. (I think they meant million). Of course, an inch of acres doesn’t mean anything.

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Not exactly welcomed at Ski Cooper

Letter from Roger Williams

Public land – June 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editors:

I have a few comments about this little ski area off Tennessee Pass. I haven’t skied Cooper; but driving over the pass one summer, I turned off and drove up the hill for a look at it. There was a boom gate but half of it was open so I carried on. I drove round the base area and had a look at it, including the service shed with a Snow-Cat, Ski-Dozer or two; I’m a fan of crawler tractors.

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Some questions inspired by the Year of the Space Odyssey

Letter from Roger Williams

Colorado Central – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Ed & Martha:

Your Issue No. 83, January, Year of the Space Odyssey, inspires numerous questions and remarks.

When I took out a Safeway card, p. 2 (“Your Savings Are In The Card!”; also I can pay with it), I didn’t get any more junk mail, except a few of their books of savings, which is reasonable.

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Toll gates on the Front Range

Letter from Roger Williams

User fees (June 2000) – July 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

Toll Gates on the Front Range

Editors:

About those public-land user fees:

Brainard Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness, Arapahoe/Roosevelt National Forest near Ward, also charges admission, or did a few years ago when I went up there with a friend and was surprised to encounter a toll gate.

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About that June issue

Letter by Roger Williams

June 99 edition – July 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine

About that June issue

Editors:

I enjoyed your new web site [www.coloradocentralmagazine.com]. Some comments on the June issue:

Last time I went through Flagstaff, to attend the Grand Canyon Railway Steam Weekend in nearby Williams last October, I didn’t see that reputed “ugly fortress hotel.” Perhaps it wasn’t visible from the train, or the Nava-Hopi coach to Williams. I wonder if it’s like that new Omni at Inverness between Boulder and Broomfield for which it would be a very apt term. Unaffordable to the common man too, with rates set to be a whopping $159-209 a room — per night.

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More geographic confusion

Letter by Roger Williams

Geography – November 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine

More geographic confusion

Editors:

Regarding geography in your September edition, Flora Satt (p. 6) seems to be a little confused as Henry Thomas “left the Central City gold camp in 1867, and crossed the Divide to investigate the Upper Arkansas Valley…”. Since both these places are on the Eastern Slope, I wonder which divide she is referring to.

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Fences trap many critters, including humans

Letter by Roger Williams

August 98 Edition – September 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine

Fences trap many critters, including humans

Editors:

The August edition inspired lots of comments. I’m glad the Royal Gorge line will be running; will check out their web page, if the state hasn’t washed away yet (dire warnings on NOAA Weather Radio about the North Fork of the South Platte River, just now). I was amused those paw prints led to, or near, a skunk.

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