Kate Hawthorne

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  • 14 years ago | Best of Denver

    With all of the attention that's been focused on urban sprawl in the past year, it's easy to forget that half of Colorado's land -- 32.5 million acres -- is given over to agriculture. Although the majority of the state's 29,500 farms and ranches p...

  • 14 years ago | Best of Denver

    Arts festivals, food festivals, music festivals, heritage festivals, historical festivals, bike and balloon festivals -- by the middle of July, even serious summer celebrants can come down with a bad case of festival fatigue. Residents of mountain...

  • 14 years ago | Best of Denver

    In rodeo circles, June and July are known as "Cowboy Christmas," the time of year when professional riders and ropers earn most of their income. The Greeley Independence Stampede, now in its 131st year, comes right in the middle of the high-income...

  • 14 years ago | Best of Denver

    Back in the day, before limited-stakes gambling transformed the former mining town of Central City into a hub of casino activity, the streets were lined with bars, with a general store and a newspaper office about the only non-drinking establishme...

  • 14 years ago | Best of Denver

    The quiet little town of Salida (population 5,500), in the Arkansas Valley, suffers a major art attack every year on the third weekend in June, when the Salida Art Walk literally takes over the town. "All the galleries are open, of course, but jus...

  • 14 years ago | Best of Denver

    Forget wagon trains and sodbusters. It was the railroad that won the West, powerful steam locomotives hauling raw materials to markets back East and returning with settlers from places like Chicago and St. Louis. Large-scale mining was not possibl...