There's a red and white billboard outside town on Interstate 70 about an hour east of Denver that proudly tells you you're passing Deer Trail, site of the first rodeo ever held in the American West -- in 1869. Do the math and that means the little High Plains town marked its 150th annual rodeo on Independence Day weekend this year. Doubt Deer Trail's claim to fame? The Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association is here to set you straight, so was just about everyone in the arena and the stands. It was a full house Friday, and the competition continued Saturday.
It takes a good day’s drive to cover Colorado, but we’ll help you do it in a few minutes each morning. The Lookout daily email brings you a closer look at the issues that affect you with a rundown of important fact-based reporting — with a side of Colorado flavor.