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The Last Ranch: A Colorado Community and the Coming Desert

Bingham, Sam

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ISBN 10: 0679422838 / ISBN 13: 9780679422839
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1996
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Title: The Last Ranch: A Colorado Community and the...

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vry Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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This powerful book presents an absorbing account of Colorado's San Luis valley, a ranching community, as its residents struggle to preserve its way of life in the face of a profoundly changing environment.


Colorado's San Luis Valley is a land of broad, expansive range ringed by massive mountains that is visited only rarely by rain, about eight inches a year. It is also a place where a small enclave of ranchers struggle to make a living, fighting not only the elements but a host of forces--politics, the pressures of modern culture and technology, the marketplace--that conspire to put an end to their generations-old community. For a year beginning in 1992, naturalist and magazine writer Sam Bingham lived in the valley. In The Last Ranch he brings to life both the people of the valley and a flock of international characters who have targeted the San Luis Valley for exploitation. At the center of the story are Donnie and Karen Whitten, high school sweethearts who live in a doublewide trailer with their three children, and who come to symbolize the tenacity of the residents of the valley as they endure against very long odds.

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