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In Celebration of All Things Colorado

It’s the 137th Birthday of the 38th State!

Longs Peak Rocky Mountain National Park CO

Photo of Rocky Mountain National Park by flickr user Tundra Ice.

On August 1, 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the proclamation that made Colorado a full United State.

Check out these books and DVDs that highlight the beauty, history and stories (both true and fictional) of Colorado:
Colorado The Highest stateColorado: A Guide to the Highest State
Compiled by the workers of the Writers’ Program of the WPA in the state of Colorado, 1941

The WPA’s “story of Colorado – its fast moving history, its tremendous mountains that also gave forth almost a billion and a half dollars worth of gold and silver, its cool summer climate, its glaciers, summer snow banks in the high ranges, immense forests of pine and spruce, half mile-deep canyons…”


by Kent Haruf

All of Haruf’s novels are set in the fictional town of Holt, CO (standing in for Yuma). Benediction follows a father with terminal cancer as he attempts to get his effects in order and contemplates his life. The story is told through a host of other characters including his wife and daughter , 8-year old neighbor and the new Reverend.



The Rocky Mountain Collection
by John Denver [CD]

Includes “Rocky Mountain High” among many other Denver classics.



Fatally Flaky
by Diane Mott Davidson

The fictional town of Aspen Meadow, CO (based on Evergreen, CO, where the author lives) is abuzz with matrimony. Goldy’s catering business is tasked with one wedding reception after another, and every customer is easily satisfied except for Billie Attenborough – the spoiled-rotten, temper trantrum-throwing bridezilla who has demanded a menu change no less than six times. Then, two days before the wedding, murder most sour enters the mix and Goldy finds her own life threatened as she begins sleuthing and cooking.



Across the Great Divide : A Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture
by Roberta Price

Price’s account of her interactions with and life in American communes set up in the American west (specifically Colorado and New Mexico) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.



The Dragon of Cripple Creek
by Troy Howell

When Kat, her father, and brother visit an old Colorado gold mine that has been turned into an amusement park, she falls down a shaft and meets an ancient dragon, the last of his kind, and inadvertently triggers a twenty-first century gold rush.



Frommer’s Colorado (2013)
by Eric Peterson

The newest edition on the popular travel-book series includes a full-color, foldout map, insider advice on the best hiking, biking, and wilderness experiences, as well as the best of the Old West and the best of American Indian culture, as well as where to find the most luxurious spas and hotels, the most charming bed and breakfasts, and the best moderately priced lodgings for yourself and your family.



Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 – A Tale of the Old West
by Avi

A young boy has narrow escapes and adventures traveling to the Rocky Mountains in search of his Uncle Jesse and gold.




Navajo Country: A Geology and Natural History of the Four Corners
by Donald L. Baars

Describes how geology, mythology and history in the “Four Corners” region of the American southwest (of which Colorado is one of the four corners) come together.




Mel Bay Presents Songs of the Great Outdoors: Favorite Songs for Camping, Hiking, Boating, Biking, Backpacking, and Skiing
by Jerry Silverman

Tunes to sing in praise of the outdoors (of which Colorado has a lot of  great examples). Includes The Colorado Trail, The Rocky Mountain Song, I Love the Mountains, and much more.



by Stephen King
DVD [1990]

Colorado in the winter can be scary… After crashing his car in rural Colorado, Paul, the author of a bestselling series of historical romances, wakes up in a secluded farmhouse owned by Annie, who claims to be his number one fan. When Annie discovers that Paul has killed off her beloved main character – Misery Chastain – in his latest book, she holds him prisoner while forcing him to write a book that brings Misery back to life.



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