Betty Leipold: Remember uniqueness

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Regarding changes coming to Lincoln Avenue, it's timely to read Lucile Bogue's book "Miracle on a Mountain." On page 50, she talks about going across the country, touting the college:

"Yampa Valley College?" they would say, looking bewildered. "I never heard of it? Where is it?"

"Steamboat Springs Colorado," I would say, my eyes twinkling, for I know that would throw them too.

"Steamboat! In Colorado?"

It was always the same, for in the early '60s no one had heard of Steamboat. It had not yet won the fame as a ski resort.

"Where is that?"

"At the foot of Rabbit Ears Pass," I would say, laughing, and they would laugh with me.

Where else is a college built on Woodchuck Hill? Where else do kids walk to school through Butcher Knife Canyon?

I hope that the developer and planners remember the uniqueness of Steamboat Springs and don't turn our town into just any other Smalltown, U.S.A.

Betty Leipold

Steamboat Springs

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