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From saddles to washing machines, Colorado has a plethora of niche museums. What does their future hold?

The Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum is seen on July 31. Maxwell has a collection of nearly 1,700 machines at his museum in Eaton. (Jessica Gibbs, Special to The Colorado Sun) Lee Maxwell has spent a lot of quality time inside junkyards. What was trash to someone else could have been just the trinket he […]

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How should history be told? Rising Colorado voices are pushing museums to rethink their approach

Long before the height of the civil rights movement, something rare was starting in the Colorado mountains. Nestled in Gilpin County, “a Black utopia” thrived for nearly four decades in the form of a mountain resort built by African Americans, for African Americans — the only of its kind west of the Mississippi. Operating between […]

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How the creators of “South Park” are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Colorado-based cartoon comedy show

By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press NEW YORK — Reaching the age of 25 is usually a sign of hitting adulthood, a signal to put away all childish things. Not for “South Park” and stars Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The Comedy Central staple about four bratty, perpetually bundled-up youngsters in an unhinged Colorado cartoon town […]

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Young Jamin Wright could make anything from wood. It was harps that hit just the right note.

GRAND JUNCTION — Harps have a reputation that has a whole lot to do with chubby cupids and highbrow-hotel lobbies. Harp music is the Pearly Gates’ soundtrack. But inside a metal building tucked between a supply business and a laboratory in an industrial section of Grand Junction, it is quickly obvious that harps are also […]

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In Florence, pop. 4,000, political upheaval is testing the city’s push to shake off its “ghost town” past

At 8 p.m. on a summer weeknight, the setting sun slants its last warm rays through the trees along Main Street in Florence. The antique stores, bakery and coffee shops are closed, and the nearly empty dinner spots will soon follow. The benches that provide a shady respite during the day are empty. There’s a […]