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manages to operate its ranch profitably, handing it down to the next generation may require selling off large chunks of land, thereby
diminishing its productive capacity.
Along with the ranches, Colorado is quickly losing its ranching culture. Among the students at Harrison High you see a variety of fashion
statements: gangsta wannabes, skaters, stoners, goths, and punks. What you don’t see — in the shadow of Pikes Peak, in the heart of the
Rocky Mountain West — is anyone dressed even remotely like a cowboy. Nobody’s wearing shirts with snaps or Justin boots. In 1959, eight
of the nation’s top ten TV shows were Westerns. The networks ran thirty-five Westerns in prime time every week, and places like Colorado,
where real cowboys lived, were the stuff of youthful daydreams. That America now seems as dead and distant as the England of King Arthur.
I saw hundreds of high school students in Colorado Springs, and only one of them wore a cowboy hat. His n...
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