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The Buffalo Bill Museum
The Buffalo Bill Museum

Colorado has 115 tax-supported library systems, which are located in the major cities and towns of the state. Each year the libraries circulate an average of 10.6 books for every resident. The Denver Public Library, the oldest library in the state, is noted for its large collection of books on the history of the West. The library of the Colorado State Historical Society, in Denver, has a collection of books, newspapers, manuscripts, and maps covering Colorado’s past. The libraries of the University of Colorado at Boulder also include unique collections of materials on Colorado and western history as well as on mountaineering. Other notable libraries include the Colorado State Library in Denver and the libraries of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Three of Colorado’s leading museums are in Denver. They are the Colorado History Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Denver Art Museum. Also in Denver are the Denver Botanic Gardens.

In Colorado Springs, Native American and Spanish colonial art are on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The Boulder Museum of History chronicles the settlement and industrial development of Boulder, and the University of Colorado Museum in Boulder exhibits the natural history of the state. The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, near Golden, exhibits historical mementos and photographs of the famous plainsman and scout Buffalo Bill Cody, who is buried on Lookout Mountain. The Colorado Railroad Museum is in Golden.

During the first half of the 19th century, interest in Colorado and other parts of the West was stimulated by the reports and journals of Zebulon Pike and other explorers.

An Overland Journey from New York to San Francisco in the Summer of 1859, a report of the Colorado gold fields, was written by an editor of the New York Tribune, Horace Greeley, who arrived in Colorado in 1859.

The Rocky Mountain News, Colorado’s oldest newspaper, was first published in Denver as a weekly in 1859. Daily publication was begun in 1860. The Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post are the state’s largest newspapers in circulation. Other major dailies include the Gazette in Colorado Springs, the Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, the Fort Collins Coloradoan in Fort Collins, and the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction. In 2002 there were 28 daily newspapers published in the state.

Colorado’s first radio station, KLZ, was established in Denver in 1920. Television programs were first transmitted from station KFEL, also in Denver, in 1952. In 2002 there were 59 AM and 92 FM radio stations and 18 television stations operating in the state. "Colorado" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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