“Colorado, America’s Uranium Basket,” must have seemed like a fresh article idea in 1952 when Colorado Wonderland sent it to the presses. Wonderland was a tourism magazine that had long kept to trout fishing, hunting, and skiing. But they needed something special for the 1952 Vacation Issue.
The new twist was, I think, that you could add a tour of Colorado uranium country to your Rocky Mountain holiday. Or maybe try your own hand at it. The story included details about government subsidies available to miners and a general feeling that everybody profits from uranium mining.
You know, even schools and parks profited, briefly, as some mines gave away their tailings as fill dirt.
Well, I don’t want to be a buzz kill. So, if you want to know how this all worked out, go here. Or here. But I think you should just stay on the Lost Fort Collins blog, and look at hopeful pictures from a budding industry. It’s not too late for a weekend summer road trip (or a Silkwood shower).
Caption: “Beginning of this atomic mushroom cloud is” …uranium from Colorado!
Caption: “Blair Burwell…dips his hand into a tank where uranium oxide is being removed from carnotite by acid.”
Caption: “This egg is extremely high in uranium content–and therefore extremely radioactive.”
http://www.nunnglow.com for modern affairs in America’s Uranium Basket.