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Colorful Colorado: State's oldest shoe store endures life's changes
Colorful Colorado: State's oldest shoe store endures life's changes

By: Seth Boster - 0 Mon, Jun 18, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION - Bruce Benge ruffles through the clutter of the shoe store's back room, determined to find the picture. "There's a lot of cleaning...

Colorful Colorado: At Meeker Park Lodge, a family hopes to keep the good times rolling
Colorful Colorado: At Meeker Park Lodge, a family hopes to keep the good times rolling

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

ALLENSPARK - Traditions have come and gone here at Meeker Park Lodge, but this one around suppertime remains. The setting sun casts an orange glow on...

Colorful Colorado: Hidden in the mountains, a town proud of silence
Colorful Colorado: Hidden in the mountains, a town proud of silence

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

RED CLIFF - A bluesy voice could be faintly heard over the river rushing through this town, tucked in a pocket of the White River National Forest. It...

Colorful Colorado: The value of Victor and its timeless beauty
Colorful Colorado: The value of Victor and its timeless beauty

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

VICTOR - Much has come and gone here, but one thing that remains is the sporting goods store on 3rd Street. Gus Conley is still here, slumped behind...

There's magic in the mountains at Red Feather Lakes
There's magic in the mountains at Red Feather Lakes

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

RED FEATHER LAKES - Main street, as the locals know it, is a gravel lot where a three-legged dog hobbles. He wanders by the Ace Hardware, a new,...

Colorful Colorado: 'On the road to nowhere,' Westcliffe is calling
Colorful Colorado: 'On the road to nowhere,' Westcliffe is calling

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

WESTCLIFFE - The drive south starts out barren, the empty ribbons of dusty road carving through towns of crumbling buildings and rusting trailer homes,...

Colorful Colorado: The lows and highs of Alma
Colorful Colorado: The lows and highs of Alma

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

ALMA - It's tough living here. "Definitely, you've got to be a hearty soul to make it a long time," Mayor Gary Goettelman says. Just ask Erik...

Colorful Colorado: In Buena Vista, the old clashes with the new
Colorful Colorado: In Buena Vista, the old clashes with the new

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

BUENA VISTA - There's tension here between the people who want their home one way and the people who are OK with the way it is going, and when...

Colorful Colorado: Despite bust after bust, Leadville and its history breathe on
Colorful Colorado: Despite bust after bust, Leadville and its history breathe on

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Leadville - The blustery storm did not faze James Duke. There he was amid the raging snow that piled up on his black top hat and froze his white beard....

Colorful Colorado: Meet the new explorer at Colorado's Indiana Jones house
Colorful Colorado: Meet the new explorer at Colorado's Indiana Jones house

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

ANTONITO - A man was being mean at the Indiana Jones Bed and Breakfast, and all Sabra Lynn had to do was stare him down. She was ready to kick him...

Colorful Colorado: At Woody Creek Tavern, creatures lurk in Hunter S. Thompson's wake
Colorful Colorado: At Woody Creek Tavern, creatures lurk in Hunter S. Thompson's wake

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

WOODY CREEK - I was warned that I would be an outsider here, and that I wouldn't do myself any favors by asking around about Hunter S. Thompson. One...

Colorful Colorado: How a Vietnam veteran's carousel dream came true
Colorful Colorado: How a Vietnam veteran's carousel dream came true

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

NEDERLAND - Out on the boat he built to sail the Pacific and try to forget Vietnam's hellfire and everything he saw behind a machine gun and the world...

Colorful Colorado: The toxic town with a mixed legacy
Colorful Colorado: The toxic town with a mixed legacy

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

EAGLE COUNTY - This winter, maybe on their way to ski resorts off Interstate 70, people will drive west on U.S. 24, passing Leadville and the turn for...

Colorful Colorado: At Cañon City's former Holy Cross Abbey, glory lasts
Colorful Colorado: At Cañon City's former Holy Cross Abbey, glory lasts

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

CAÑON CITY - The monks are gone, along with the property's Catholic distinction, but whether the former Holy Cross Abbey is more historic than holy is...

Colorful Colorado: The mythical rocks of Spanish Peaks country
Colorful Colorado: The mythical rocks of Spanish Peaks country

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Huerfano County - From Interstate 25, it's as impossible to miss as the wind turbines that break the view of the mighty twin peaks: a 300-foot mound of...

At this remote Victor nostalgia shop, Hollywood calls for cans
At this remote Victor nostalgia shop, Hollywood calls for cans

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

VICTOR - Karen and Sam Morrison are known for their brooms. "But we're more than that," Karen says inside Victor Trading Co., the soft-spoken...

Colorful Colorado: Marble, timeless wonder, has been discovered
Colorful Colorado: Marble, timeless wonder, has been discovered

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

MARBLE - More homes are in demand, and Mike Yellico will provide, though not without feeling some conflict. The long-haired, Chaco-footed owner of...

You've seen this gallery on Interstate 25. Meet Ray Shaw, the Colorado artist behind it.
You've seen this gallery on Interstate 25. Meet Ray Shaw, the Colorado artist behind it.

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

HUERFANO COUNTY - Ray Shaw is passed by every day. Anyone who's driven down Interstate 25 toward Walsenburg has seen his name on the wall of the...

Colorful Colorado: Swetsville Zoo keeper sees his neverland fading
Colorful Colorado: Swetsville Zoo keeper sees his neverland fading

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

TIMNATH - The house hides under the concrete bridge of Harmony Road, which carves between Costco and Walmart and fast-food joints and parking lots that...

Colorful Colorado: An off-the-map getaway worth visiting
Colorful Colorado: An off-the-map getaway worth visiting

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 29, 2017

GARFIELD COUNTY - It's easy getting lost. At least that's what I was told upon finally arriving at Trappers Lake Lodge and Resort. The drive from...

Colorful Colorado: In Georgetown, pride of the past
Colorful Colorado: In Georgetown, pride of the past

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 29, 2017

GEORGETOWN - This is the kind of place where a 10-year-old grabs a piece of candy from a store's old wooden shelves, turns around to an old wooden...

Colorful Colorado: With days of riches long gone, Central City mines for luck in second life
Colorful Colorado: With days of riches long gone, Central City mines for luck in second life

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 29, 2017

CENTRAL CITY - Mike Keeler is enlivened by the dead of this town. There he was one day this summer, at one of Central City's 10 graveyards keeping...

Colorful Colorado: Pagosa Springs a restful retreat for many, a place of struggle for others
Colorful Colorado: Pagosa Springs a restful retreat for many, a place of struggle for others

By: Seth Boster - 0 Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Pagosa Springs - The lights of the riverside resort downtown shone bright, illuminating the man across the way. Waylon Smith, long-haired and...