As the New York Stock Exchange grew, powerbrokers turned westward to develop the next financial empire. But to attract investors, Denver had to become more than a rag-tag western town. Despite enduring floods, fires, war and financial disaster, Denverites found a way to survive and compete. The resurgent new city built a financial district that propelled it to become the Wall Street of the West.
Humans have had a relationship with forests for eons. But today, Colorado's forests are changing, potentially altering this intrinsic connection. Follow scientists and historians as they work to understand this transformation. Decipher tree rings, analyze aerial imagery, and learn of Colorado's long history to unroot the causes and consequences of Colorado's changing forests.
Colorado's pioneering spirit is alive and well at the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center, just outside of Salida. Cattle ranching since before statehood, the seventh generation Hutchinson family still ranches on the same land. Their preserved 1873 two-story homestead and 9 outbuildings are a testament to both the family's fortitude and high country ranching.
Temple Hoyne Buell is renowned for creating the Cherry Creek Shopping Center--the first mall of its kind. Beyond that, he designed over 300 buildings throughout the state and established the non-profit Buell Foundation to give Colorado's children the chance to fulfill their potential. This visionary architect and philanthropist's legacy continues beyond his trademark cape and handlebar moustache.
Ever since Western settlers dreamed of deserts in bloom, men have chased the mirage of more water than these arid lands can provide. "Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting" describes the urgent struggle every generation of Coloradans faces to control this fleeting resource -- creating hydrodynamic history through structures that can propel water to run uphill toward money, and power.
Descend into the magical Fairy Caves - dubbed "The 8th Wonder of the World." Hidden inside Glenwood Spring's Iron Mountain, this living cave network inspires awe. But the caverns were nearly lost to time and were closed for over 80 years - until an engineer who happened to be a caver had a vision of how to return the magic to this fantastical place.
A printing press in the Old West was considered to be a "civilizer." So when the newspaper in the tiny town of Mancos imported a high-end printer from back East in 1911, it was the beginning of a real community. 100 years after the Cranston Press first hit Mancos, a wild twist of fate led to its re-discovery and restoration. Now this incredibly rare press is back - creating a new community.
Starting as a small horse exhibition in 1869, the Colorado State Fair has become the largest summer event in Colorado. How did the small fort town of Pueblo become the fun capital of Colorado summers? From livestock to peach pie contests. From big-name entertainment to little kids' 4H. Go behind the scenes to see how the Fair really runs. It's more fun than you can poke a corn dog at!
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