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The 1980s marked a transformative era in the history of Colorado. As the decade began, the state went through social and economic changes. With the decline of the oil industry, Colorado faced a period of economic uncertainty, leading to a diversified economy that would later thrive. Also, the state had major population growth, attracting newcomers seeking adventure in its stunning landscapes and opportunities in its growing industries. While the 1980s in Colorado were not without their fair share of struggles, the decade ultimately laid the foundation for the state's continued growth and prosperity in the years to come.
Enjoy these photos as a look back at 1980s Colorado
Denver Skyline, 1989
Cripple Creek, 1980s
Denver State Capitol, 1985
South Park City, 1986
I-70 construction in Glenwood Canyon as seen from Amtrak, 1984
Postcard from Mesa, 1986
Cross country skiing in Snowmass, 1988
Looking back, we can't help but reminisce about the unique spirit of this decade and the lasting impact it had on the state. It was truly a time when Colorado came into its own, embracing its natural beauty and growth. As we remember the past, we can't help but appreciate the progress we've made while cherishing the memories and experiences that continue to make Colorado a special place to this day.