Rural West and Urbanization

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  • Each January crowds gather in the heart of Denver, Colorado's central business district for the annual National Western Stock Show Parade. The parade offers floats with dignitaries, groups on horseback, foot, or in wagons, and an orderly herd of longhorns. The cattle, surprisingly small with magnificent horns, move up the street under the guidance of cowboys on horseback, who together pause occasionally for a moment of display or while police wave through cross-street traffic. For some, the parade juxtaposes past and present and trades on the incongruity of cowboys and cattle on a modern city street. For others, it recognizes rural life as a proud part of the American experience, shared in the heart of a major city of the modern West. In either instance, ...

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