COLORADO: The Front-Range Pessimist

COLORADO Like many plainsmen, Fred Schwartzwalder was enormously impressed when he first saw the Rocky Mountains. That was 30 years ago, after Fred and his young wife Martha moved to Golden, Colo, from the prairies of Iowa. Schwartzwalder fell completely under the spell of the Rockies; every weekend and holiday he spent hiking and exploring the rugged hills around Golden. He often brought home samples of curious rocks to show his wife and to decorate their meager basement apartment. In his backyard a sizable cairn of rock samples gradually accumulated—a monument to...

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