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for people who care about the West

Western Voices: 125 years of Colorado Writing

  Western Voices: 125 years of Colorado Writing
Edited by Steve Grinstead and Ben Fogelberg
396 pages, softcover $19.95. Fulcrum Press, 2004.

Editors from the Colorado Historical Society chose the essays in this diverse collection, and they chose well. There’s Muriel Sibell Wolle describing the intense two-year lifespan of a mining town too high to endure — Irwin, near Crested Butte. Other glimpses of Colorado’s colorful past range from the fight to use peyote for religious purposes to the story behind the murder of liberal disc jockey Alan Berg in Denver in 1984.