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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.

Images from Colorado

Posts about Colorado

25 Years Ago I Ventured Out Of Illinois On A Lost Americana Trail

“Go West Young man, and grow up, with the country.”
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Population Decline; The Hardest Hit Counties In Each State Since 1990

Since 1990 These Counties Are The Hardest Hit By Population Decline In Their State The 1990s are a significant time for Lost Americana, which goes beyond the fact that during that decade
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