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Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

New Castle's Coal Legacy Smolders Under Burning Mountain

A memorial to miners who died in a series of mine explosions in New Castle sits in the town's Burning Mountain Park.
Luke Runyon KUNC

The mountains surrounding New Castle, Colorado are on fire. But don’t panic. They’re always on fire, under the surface, out of sight.

The town, 12 miles west of Glenwood Springs and an inevitable stop along I-70, is home to some of the oldest burning coal seam fires in the country. While the fires themselves smolder underground, barren scars on the mountain sides are a reminder of their presence.

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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

The Uncanny Tale Of PTC No. 6, Kit Carson's Carousel

PTC No. 6, rejected and then scorned, was eventually embraced in Kit Carson County..
Maura Walz

At 109-years old, it is the only of its kind in the country; still, few outside of those living in this rural county seat have heard of Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel No. 6.

It’s simply called “the carousel” by most Burlington, Colorado residents.

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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

Traffic Watchers And First Responders Work Deep Inside Hanging Lake Tunnel

The westbound bore of the Hanging Lake Tunnel
Jim Hill KUNC

You’ve most likely driven through the Hanging Lake Tunnel on Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs. You’ve probably never noticed a giant hanger door or at least paid it no mind. Just behind that door sits a full-time fire and rescue department and one of the most technologically advanced traffic command centers in the state.

There’s a lot of action going on in the 4,000 foot tunnel situated next to the Colorado River, much of it you’d never get a chance to see – until now that is.

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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

A Past Still Visible, Finding Estes Park's Lost Ski Resort

The parking lot of Hidden Valley Ski Area inside Rocky Mountain National park, date unknown. The resort was taken down in the 90s and is now a trailhead for hiking and winter backcountry skiing.
Estes Park Museum

At first glance, Hidden Valley Trailhead inside Rocky Mountain National Park doesn’t seem like much. Two lonely structures sit near a small parking lot, surrounded by stunning scenery: white, yellow and purple wildflowers dot a lush, green opening inside a lodgepole pine forest.

What you can’t see is the complicated past of this area. On winter days between the 1950s and 1990s, the mouth of this valley used to hold a ski lodge, ski school and a 500-car parking lot. Hills were dotted with skiers, connected by ski lifts and rope tows.

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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

The Wheel Boot Was Invented In Denver. You’re Welcome, America

A double-booted vehicle spotted in Denver. Take a look at the sign at the front of the auto; someone should have paid better attention.
Jim Hill KUNC

It’s hard to think of any device in modern history that can provoke more feelings of intense rage, grief and sheer desperation than the wheel clamp, wheel boot, parking boot, or auto immobilizer.

All these are names for what's commonly known as the Denver Boot - because it was invented right here in Colorado.

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