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Colorado Experience: Season 8

Rocky Mountain PBS

Colorado Experience: The Strater Hotel

Premieres 10/1/20 at 7pm on Rocky Mountain PBS.

The Strater Hotel has hosted Durango visitors for over a century. With its eye-catching brickwork and white sandstone decorating the exterior and it's collection of American Victorian-era furniture, guests today can experience its long history. Discover the many stories the extravagant halls of the southwestern hotel tell.

Colorado Experience Season 8 premieres Thursday, October 1st

A new season of Colorado Experience premieres Thursday, October 1 at 7pm on Rocky Mountain PBS and streaming online.

Season 8 Schedule

Strater Hotel with historic cars

801 “The Strater Hotel” — 10.1.20

The Strater Hotel has hosted Durango visitors for over a century. With its eye-catching brickwork and white sandstone decorating the exterior and its collection of American Victorian-era furniture, guests today can experience its long history. Discover the many stories the extravagant halls of this southwestern hotel tell.

Camp Hale

802 “Camp Hale” — 11.12.20

Built high in the Rockies, Camp Hale was the training grounds for the famed 10th Mountain Division in WWII. Their brave service is honored at what remains from Camp Hale. The site remains significant not only for preservation but for conservation and recreation. As veterans visit this hallowed site, we are reminded of the many legacies created by the men who trained at Camp Hale.

Barney Ford

803 “Barney Ford” — 11.19.20

Born into slavery, Barney Ford escaped at 26 and endured racism, fires, and mining claim jumping to become one of only 46 African Americans in the Colorado Territory. Undeterred, he became one of the richest men in the state as a miner, barber, restaurateur, and hotel owner—a true entrepreneur—all while fighting endlessly for Black rights.

Saucer House

804 “Charles Deaton” — 12.17.20

Charles Deaton, a true Colorado renaissance man, combined sculpture, architecture and engineering into his buildings. Deaton’s structures, like The Sculptured House and The Key Savings Building, have become Colorado icons. Rectangular buildings were the norm, but Deaton was obsessed with curves. Deaton was famously quoted as saying: “People aren’t angular, why should they live in rectangles?”

Construction in Colorado Springs

805 “Colorado Springs: Preserved and Lost” — 1.28.21

The “purple mountain’s majesty” of Tava—otherwise known as Pikes Peak—has long beckoned myriad imaginations to Colorado Springs. A cultural crossroads, the area drew tribes, traders, explorers, and settlers lured by both climate and scenic wonder. On its 150th birthday, Colorado Springs reflects its many seekers through historic spaces both preserved and lost.

South Park City

806 “South Park City” — 2.25.21

Like so many other areas across Colorado, Park County experienced intense mining booms—and sudden busts, leaving towns to deteriorate. But through bold innovation, the county’s history would be preserved—by cleverly transplanting 19th century buildings. The South Park City Museum stands as a tangible microcosm of Colorado’s past while modeling a unique approach to preservation.

Denver Zoo

807 “The Denver Zoo” — 4.15.21

Starting as a small collection of caged animals in 1896, the Denver Zoo has transformed into a conservation and education-driven institution that is recognized worldwide. Anchored by the transformative 1918 Bear Mountain exhibit, the zoo has developed in design and exhibitry for over a century. Witness a century of the zoo’s evolution in both science and design to become the institution we know today.

808 “Brighton Buddhist Temple” — 5.6.21

Built in 1940 by Japanese Americans, this historic wooden structure served as a place of worship until 2005. Vacant for a decade, preservation efforts, spearheaded by a local architect, brought together business owners, municipalities, architects, developers and elected officials, transforming the Buddhist temple into a 20-tap brewery that is now a beacon for Brighton’s Main Street.

Glenwood Canyon I-70

809 “Glenwood Canyon Highway” — 5.20.21

After 90 years, the construction of Interstate 70 was completed in 1992. The award-winning final Glenwood Canyon segment spans 12 miles and is an architectural and engineering feat that also preserved the canyon’s remarkable environment. Today, it is widely considered one of the most scenic natural features of the United States’ Interstate Highway System.

Cablevision bus

810 “Cable Land” — 6.3.21

The humble and innovative beginnings of the Cable TV industry in Colorado sparked one of the most important industries in the world. From Bill Daniels, Bob Magness and John Malone to Rouzbeh Yassini, meet the innovative pioneers of the industry, which continues to reinvent itself even today.

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