Capitol building tour guide
Sep24

Capitol building tour guide

  Richard Lamm was governor (1975-1987) when Carol Keller started giving tours of the Colorado capitol building 25 years ago. She waits quietly for her next tour group to gather.  She says good morning to Gov. John Hickenlooper as he enters the Executive Chambers near the capitol tour guides desk.  It’s Friday, 10 a.m., according to the Mickey Mouse watch on her graceful wrist.  Time to start. At age 87, she’s entertained thousands of...

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A Mount Evans fixture
Jun02

A Mount Evans fixture

 Karl Snyder has been driving from Boulder, Colorado (5,430 ft above sea level) to the top of Mount Evans (14,264 feet ASL) to shoot photographs ever since he got his first driver’s license way back when.  The Forest Service rangers know him.  The staff at the Echo Lake Lodge know him.  And anyone who has searched the Internet for information on the trip up the highest paved road in North America knows his website. Coming out of the...

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Shikata ga nai
May05

Shikata ga nai

It appears there is nothing left of Amache except a small cemetery with gravestones and other memorials.  The swirling wind doesn’t remember.  The prairie grass twitches indifferently.  The concrete barracks foundations are motionless. But buried below this forlorn landscape are pieces of ceramic tea cups, Go game tokens, hair barrettes, eggshells, rounded stones from the nearby Arkansas River and residual pollen from plants grown on...

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America’s carousel conservator
Feb26

America’s carousel conservator

From 1885 to 1928, an estimated 4,000 wooden carousels operated in the United States; less than 300 of those exist today, about 150 of which are operational. They were carved and painted by European immigrant craftsmen who were proud to be in America.  Patriotic images such as eagles, flags and banners were used extensively. Will Morton has spent half his life using his form of exploratory craftsmanship to reveal the character and...

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Preserving the family store
Apr28

Preserving the family store

Their great grandfather Henry Kneisel used to sell Dr. Hamers High Altitude and Dry Climate Home Cures.  Today they feature Colorado-made products including jams, syrups, sauces and gift foods. Dr. LeGear’s Heave and Cough Remedy for horses was a modest seller, after Emil Anderson became partners with Kneisel, along with Scandinavian cheeses for the miners most of whom came from Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The demand for Heave...

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