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Old 04-10-2010, 04:13 PM
 
Location: High Plains
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A lot can be learned from novelists, too! Plainsong, by Kent Haruf, is an excellent account of life on Colorado's eastern plains. The author is a native of Pueblo, but relished the time he spent learning about people and life on the plains. His characters couldn't be more authentic. Plainsong's sequel, Eventide, is equally engaging.
Another local author, James Galvin, would also be worth your time. He writes of life in the Laramie Foothills region of Colorado. His novel, The Meadow, delves deeply into a couple of generations worth of tough men and women who settled the area.
You'll have a hard time putting any of these down!
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Originally Posted by Mike from back east View Post
Jim, when I was back east, I used to sit down with the old RR guys and tape their recollections. I got some stories that were nothing short of eye popping (like rolling a passenger train at 105MPH through what is now a DC suburb).

Consider getting some of these old guys on tape, it's not hard or expensive, and the tapes can be turned over to the local historical society. It would be great fun too.
Fort Lewis College in Durango has an extensive collection of oral histories on tape from old-timers from the Four Corners region, some of which you can listen to over the internet. Here's the link:

Oral history interviews: guide to collections at SW Studies Center
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:19 PM
 
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Another tremendous resource for historical research on Colorado is the historic newspaper collection found here:

Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection
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