Colorado, the Centennial State
Mostly know for the Rocky Mountains, Colorado was primarily a mining state until advancements in irrigation practices helped bolster the production of wheat, mainly in the Eastern plains of the state. Today 75% of the states agriculture production is livestock.
While often associated with Oklahoma, the Eastern plains of Colorado were also hard hit by the effects of the Dust Bowl era in the 1930’s.
While many mountain towns that were based around mining survived by turning to tourism, the agricultural areas have seen a steady declining population. In some cases almost as high as 50% over the last 50 years. population.
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