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History & Culture

The Colorado Coalfield War and the Children of Ludlow

The foothills of southern Colorado became a war zone a century ago when months of simmering conflict reached a boiling point.

Roll out the Broncos barrel

Like most people enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Tim McKernan was celebrated for his achievements in NFL stadiums. Unlike most, he never wore shoulder pads or a football helmet. In fact, he didn’t really wear much of anything except a cowboy hat and cowboy boots – and a barrel, emblazoned with the logo of his beloved Denver Broncos.

Dalton Trumbo: Grand Junction’s blacklisted hometown hero

Dalton Trumbo was a prolific writer, doing much of his work while sitting in his bathtub. An accomplished novelist, his first book, Eclipse, was based on his hometown of Grand Junction, where the Mesa County Public Library still has a first edition.

Arvada's Santa U

Everybody knows that Santa Claus’ workshop is at the North Pole, but where’s Santa University? In Arvada, it turns out. The Noerr Programs, the Colorado company that provides Santas to 225 shopping centers in 38 states, hosts Santa University annually at its Arvada headquarters.

Rebuilding Sunshine after the Fourmile Fire

Four years after the Fourmile Canyon Fire set Sunshine ablaze, citizens of this close-knit community survive and thrive as a living testament to Coloradan fortitude.

11 Colorado Ghost Towns

Colorado's gold rush brought humanity and hardship to these rocky mountains. Mining towns popped up by the dozen, but just as quickly found themselves abandoned as the politics of man and nature shifted. The 11 ghost towns on our list might be haunted by the past, but it isn't hard to find the beauty in these booms gone bust.

Berthoud's Little Thompson Observatory

With a the help of a very special telescope, the Little Thompson Observatory is bringing space home to Berthoud.

Ridgway's Legendary True Grit Cafe

Legend and reality meet in Ridgway, where the True Grit Cafe serves up home-cooked western fare to John Wayne afficionados and genuine cowboys alike.

Canyon Pintado's Rock Art

The rock walls of Canyon Pintado have served as a massive canvas for thousands of years, preserving the history of the land and it's people against both natural and human destruction.

Town Story: Glenwood Springs

The Ute Indians first discovered the 124-degree mineral water bubbling from the Earth at Glenwood Springs. Since then, everyone from U.S. presidents to Molly Brown has come here to experience the water’s healing powers.

Colorado Springs' Air Force Academy

The Air Force equivalent of West Point may be just a stone's throw from Colorado Springs, but for basics at the academy, there is still a long blue line to walk before they can earn their wings.

Penny-Smashing Road Trip

Millions of tourists visit Colorado each year with a short list of things to see while they’re here: Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Estes Park, the Coors brewery and the like. But for some 'elongate collectors', the pilgrimage to these locations is made to obtain more than just new memories.