Blast to the Past

Creede, Colorado 19th century meets 21st century

Creede's reason for existence started and ended with silver. Rich mines tunneled into the Earth and precious minerals were loaded onto train cars and shipped to industrial cities. At one time Creede had 10,000 people. The population now is 290, the mines have played...

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Sugar and Spice Mountain Bakery Westcliff, Colorado

On a Saturday morning, Westcliff is closed for business and the bluegrass festival doesn't open till ten. There aren't many people out and about. The local grocery store isn't open till nine but you can get cash from the bank ATM if you are short.The only gas station...

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Amish wagon on the road to Westcliff, Colorado

We pass people every day. An old man with a cane shuffles past us in the grocery, squinting to read the fine print on a box label.Two little children pull on their mom's dress at the bank as she makes a deposit and reaches them a sucker out of a little bowl on the...

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Jones Theater Established 1936

In 1936, television wasn't even someone's dream. In 1936, families and kids brought their dimes to this theater, looked at the marque, found seats in what now are uncomfortable chairs, and watched westerns and newsreels from around a world just coming out of a Great...

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Back to Fort Union’s Past Photo essay

There are artifacts to see at this national monument - wagon wheels and wagons, an empty jail, cannons, latrines, a visitor center, the only hospital for five hundred miles, ruts where wagons followed the Santa Fe Trail, pieces of adobe buildings that were once...

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Fort Union Santa Fe Trail

Near Watrous, New Mexico, I have always sped past an I-25 highway sign that reads simply, " Fort Union . " This trip, I exit, and follow the Old Santa Fe Trail that brought people west in the eighteen hundreds looking for opportunity. After the Civil War, poor folks,...

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” All of Me “ 44th Army New Mexico National Guard Band

" All of Me " is a jazz standard, a song called often at jam sessions and performances, a standard that  has been going strong since the 40's. Tonight's performance brings back the Big Band era after World War 2 when ballrooms,in big as well as small towns,...

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Mineshaft Tavern Local Watering Hole

State Road 14 takes you to Madrid,New Mexico, and to Cerrillos,New Mexico, if you stay on it. All the way to Madrid we are passed by overweight motorcycle riders wearing pony tails and Bandito Leather jackets. Madrid is an old New Mexico mining town that busted a long...

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Cerrillos, New Mexico Road Trip

New Mexico, before statehood, was an American territory wrested from Mexico in one of America's many wars. In 1912, we became a state and were lucky to do so.There were plenty of critics, then, as now, who suggested  New Mexico has more in common with Mexico than...

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Grand Canyon State Welcomes You Building a shed

Henry David Thoreau got tired of his rat race in the 1800's and retreated to Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts to live a simpler life. As a transcendentalist, he believed getting close to nature would get him closer to truth, wisdom, God, and peace. He built...

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