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Meet the inspiring Fannie Mae Duncan, an African American nightclub owner who brought the motto "Everybody Welcome" to true meaning at her Colorado Springs Cotton Club despite the volatile Civil Rights Movement of her day.

Take a ride on the Galloping Goose, seven operational railcars that ran through the rugged San Juan mountains from 1931 to 1952. Carrying cargo, mail, and passengers, these "Motors" connected Dolores, Telluride, and Ridgeway with many locations along the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. Discover their mechanical and weather-related adventures, learn how they have been preserved, and why they attract visitors from around the world.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado "has more than 1, 000 ghost towns, over 600 of which have some sort of remains." Visit St. Elmo, Animas Forks, and Ashcroft, three of the best-preserved ghost towns in the state, and meet the spirits of Colorado's mining past.

Get captured by Colorado incarcerations from 19th century, one-room "drunk tanks" to today's "Prison Valley" and discover how these historic jails and penitentiaries evolved with the changing criminal times.

Colorado and the west are where American mountain biking began. From the Denver Athletic Club's Pikes Peak summit on bicycles in 1891, to Buffalo Soldiers' riding to Yellowstone in 1897, mountain biking has long had a place in Colorado. Its modern debut came in 1978, when mountain biking pioneers from Marin County, California, visited Crested Butte's 2nd "Klunker Tour." Since then, Crested Butte has led the state in creating single track and inspiring other towns to cater to this now-Olympic sport.

Discover how lodging has changed with transportation throughout Colorado. From stage coaches and railroads to the autobus and eventually cars, tourists have increasingly flocked to Colorado's mountains. Venture to Grand Lake and Steamboat to discover the history behind some of the favorite places to stay while making a mountain escape.

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