The Road to Vacationland, or How Colorado Ended Up with the World's Most Scenic Traffic Jams Lecture- History Colorado Center

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It's hard to love Interstate 70, a highway that's mostly in the news for rock falls, snow closures, and endless debates over congestion.  Follow I-70 back in time, though, and you'll see its role in the explosion of post-World War II recreational development, when faded mining towns and quiet ranching valleys gave way to the motel clusters and ski resorts of a new outdoor leisure age.  University of Denver historian Dr. William Philpott explains how tourism took shape along the path that's now I-70 and it implications for the landscapes and politics of our own time.