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Yesterday we began our series on the history of immigration by hearing about Italian immigration into Colorado at the turn of the century. That huge wave of immigrants led to a pushback from the native-born population, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. For much of the twenties, the Klan had control over communities from Denver to Grand Junction -- and here in the valley.
Bob Goldberg is a professor of history at the University of Utah, and author of Hooded Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. KDNK's Mathew Katz had a chance to speak with Professor Goldberg, who says that the clan had an ingenious way of infiltrating the state.
From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, hundreds of thousands of Italians came from their home in Europe to Colorado - and many of those families remained here to this day. Alisa Zahller works at the Colorado Historical Society, and runs a program that documents the history of Italians in Colorado, and has written a book called Italy in Colorado. KDNK's Mathew Katz had a chance to speak with her, and she said that Italians have been immigrating to Colorado for over a century -- since before Colorado was even a state.
For most of the nineties, one of the biggest and most controversial projects was the push for light rail connecting communities from Aspen to Glenwood. KDNK's Mathew Katz took at look at how the project would have changed the valley, and what killed light rail.
Yesterday, we heard all about how the citizens of the Valley helped change the plan to build the I-70 through Glenwood Canyon from one that would have torn the canyon apart to one that kept its beauty intact. Today, we're going to find out why it's an engineering marvel. KDNK's Mathew Katz took a ride around the canyon with Ralph Trapani, the manager of the I-70 project, to get up close with what makes the highway in Glenwood Canyon so unique.
Eisenhower's Interstate System wasn't completed until 1992, and it happened right here in Glenwood Canyon. Driving through it today is a breathtaking spectacle, but it wasn't originally supposed to keep so much of the canyon's beauty intact. KDNK's Mathew Katz has the story of how the people of the valley turned the I-70 project through Glenwood Canyon into an amazing feat of engineering.
Right now Spring Gulch is a quiet cross country ski area, but just over a century ago, the 21 kilometers of cross country ski trails were once home to a railroad and a bustling coal mining community. As part of our series on local history, KDNK's Stacy Stein visited Spring Gulch and gives us a look back at what once was.
Just a few short decades ago, Carbondale was a coal mining town. The industry was the central to the town's economy. But on one day in 1981, all that began to change when a coal mine explosion claimed the lives of 15 miners. As part of our series on local history, KDNK's Mathew Katz has the story of the disaster at the Dutch Creek #1 mine that devastated the town.
This week, we've heard all about how Aspen boomed as a silver mining town in the 1880s and 1890s - but that boom eventually came to an end. KDNK's Mathew Katz has the story of how one of the biggest political issues of the 1890's helped to end the dominance of silver mining in Aspen.
Aspen boomed as a silver mining town in the 1880s and 1890s, but it didn't get that way on its own. There was one man who believed that the little mining camp called Aspen had a future, and pumped much-needed cash into it. His name was Jerome Wheeler, and KDNK's Mathew Katz has the story of how he helped make Aspen - and the entire Roaring Fork Valley - what it is today.
Over a century ago, Aspen wasn't a mecca for skiing - it was a mecca for silver.
In the 1880s and 1890s, the silver boom brought thousands of people to the Roaring Fork Valley, and turned Aspen from a mining camp into a full-fledged town.
KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Tom Egan of the Aspen Historical Society about what it was like in Boomtown Aspen.