Nation: The Land of Contrats

Colorado is a state of vivid, sometimes startling, contrasts. Thousands of miles of its flatlands are rich with the emerald green of winter-wheat shoots; other thousands of miles are pasture, dotted with grazing cattle. But the western half of the state is ruggedly mountainous, the steep slopes necked with aspen and capped with snow. Colorado is a land of mining ghost towns and booming oil, gas, missile and atom-research centers. Men in cow boy boots and ten-gallon hats still swing off the cattle trains; but now other men, in Brooks Brothers suits, stride purposefully down the ramps of jet airliners...

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