This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

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The Great Road Trip through Southern Colorado
Caving in Colorado
The “Manassa Mauler”
The Museum of Colorado Prisons
Mission: Wolf
“The Dry:” African American Homesteaders in the Arkansas River Valley


The Great Road Trip through Southern Colorado

Big Something producers Noel Black and Craig Richardson took to the road this past July to meet some of our neighbors. This is their story.

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Caving in Colorado

Most people probably don’t think of Colorado as a major “cave” state…but with over 1000 natural caves, Colorado is a caving paradise. Last month, the National Speleological Society held their annual convention close to Glenwood Caverns, in Glenwood Springs, and cave conservation was a major focus. From Glenwood Caverns, Shelley Schlender reports.

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The “Manassa Mauler”

The small town of Manassa sits south of Alamosa along Highway 142. Manassa is surrounded by farms and ranches, but in town is a museum dedicated to the Manassa Mauler. One-time heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey was born there, and KRCC’s Daniel Edwards made the trip to Dempsey’s birthplace to find out a little more about the man’s life and legacy.

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The Museum of Colorado Prisons

Canon City is well known for playing a role in the state’s prison system. With one-third of the Department of Corrections public facilities, including the first, it makes sense then that the town is also home to the Museum of Colorado Prisons. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin visited the museum, and has this report.

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Mission: Wolf

Up in the hills southeast of Westcliffe is a place called Mission: Wolf. Three dozen wolves and wolf-dog mixes live at this remote sanctuary, rescued from death, when their previous owners could no longer care for them. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis brings us this story about the wolf sanctuary that’s also become a refuge for humans.

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“The Dry:” African American Homesteaders in the Arkansas River Valley

Despite the fertility of the Arkansas River Valley, not every seed will grow. Such was the case with the African-American homesteaders who settled “The Dry,” which was abandoned due to irrigation issues. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska reports on a recent archeological dig that is attempting to bring The Dry’s history back into the light.

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  2. Roger says:

    Loved the road trip. Had to listen again to get the details. By the way, CDOT says the Shaw Creek rest stop is east of South Fork, not Del Norte. Google Earth shows something at 37°40.6449′N 106°33.0846′W that looks like it might be the place. Can’t wait to check it out. And the linotype, and drive-in, and… thanks very much.

  3. Louise says:

    “The Dry” — Would like to see a photo of the one remaining tree. Thanks!

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