Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Colorado contains profiles of twelve distinctive places, which like the pieces of a jig-saw puzzle, fit together to form a mosaic that helps describe and explain the state's natural and, to a lesser extent, human history. The opening chapter introduces the lay reader to the broad themes of the state's physical geography-geology, landforms, climate, and vegetation. These topics are then typically covered with specific reference to each of the place profiles that constitute the remaining twelve chapters.

The most intriguing aspect of the book is the selection of the twelve places. Huber said he chose them "to inform, tantalize, and sensitize," and because of their "peculiar" and "representative qualities of the natural environment of Colorado." And he said they "were chosen not for their popularity but for their character" (p. 1). Those are nebulous terms.