Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Washington Press
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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
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Foreword by William Cronon
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...ism. The impulse to leave home to experience for oneself the length and breadth of this vast land has been a quintessential part of our national heri-tage since the earliest days of the Republic. From the nineteenth century forward, the wonders of wild places and natural landscapes have exercised an especially powerful attraction, encouraging journeys for growing num-...
Introduction: Seeing Like a Tourist
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...on the thursday Before memorial day 1956, as the mud in asPen’s streets hardened and the meltwater rivulets up on the mountainside spar-kled in the late spring sun, locals picked up the Aspen Times and found something unusual on page 2. The state publicity committee had taken out a full-page advertisement hailing the imminent tourist season.1 Only the ...
Chapter 1: Selling the Scene
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...tain Division invaded Aspen in early June 1943. The Third Platoon of the Tenth Recon spearheaded the attack. Striking out from Camp Hale, some twenty miles away, the elite unit traversed the steep-sided Williams Range, crested Red Mountain, and descended its southern face to Hunter Creek. Just beyond huddled vulnerable little Aspen, with its few hundred unarmed ...
Chapter 2: The Roads Nature Made?
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...one of the Weirder moments in colorado tourist advertising came in 1956, when the members of the Highway 6 Association—motel and gas sta -tion owners, chamber of commerce officials, small-town newspaper editors, and others along the Colorado portion of U.S. Highway 6—decided that what their road really needed was a mascot. It must have seemed like a good ...
Chapter 3: Our Big Backyard
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...time ski-area, mine, and construction worker, accidentally “discovered” the legendary mountain while prospecting for uranium. It was the mid-1950s, and Eaton had heard the buzz that Eagle County might be the next uranium hot spot. It wasn’t, according to his Geiger counter. But while traipsing around the White River National Forest on the west side of Vail ...
Chapter 4: Blueprints for Action
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...share a condo in Vail, you could find yourself a cabin up in some piney cor-ner of the high country and live a modest version of the tourist lifestyle. That is what Arthur Carhart did when he bought a cabin in Hot Sulphur Springs, right on the Colorado River, in the early 1940s. An alpine retreat must have sounded good to a man as busy as he was. In the two decades ...
Chapter 5: The John Denver Tenor
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...the leading symbol of their state was John Denver. Yes, he of the toothy grin, blond mop, and granny glasses, who lived near Aspen and sang of sunshine and soaring eagles and needing nothing more than mountains to get high.1 For the rest of the country—and for a great many Coloradans too—this shy but strangely ebullient former folkie absolutely embodied Colorado’s ...
Conclusion: How Tourism Took Place
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...tain made sickeningly clear just how fraught an issue big recreation had become. When morning came on October 18, 1998, the smoke still pouring from the shambles of Two Elk Lodge made the point clearer still. The mas-sive log, glass, and stone structure, which had commanded a grand prospect of Vail’s back bowls, lay in smoldering ruins; so did a chairlift terminal and ...
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...in the years i’ve sPent on this Project, colorado has Been through four governors and gained about 1.6 million in population, and I swear Den-ver’s average daily high has risen a few degrees. Which is one way of say-ing that Vacationland has taken more time and trouble than I ever thought possible. But it always was, and has remained throughout, a true labor of ...
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Page Count: 516
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books
Series Editor Byline: Edited by William Cronon