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Claude Alexander (cq), 74, of Cortez passes time on a bench on Main Street in downtown Cortez, Co. one morning after eating breakfast. Alexander said he has lived in Cortez for 55 years and that the small gateway town to Mesa Verde National Park is going through some rough times right now losing many of its long-time businesses along Main Street. The town has managed to maintain its old-time Western feel and not become overrun with tourist shops. The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde National Park, near Cortez, Co., are some of the most notable and best preserved sites in the United States. Mesa Verde offers visitors a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. The culture represented at Mesa Verde reflects more than 700 years of history. From approximately A.D. 600 through A.D. 1300 people lived and flourished in communities throughout the area, eventually building elaborate cliff dwellings in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls. (MARC PISCOTTY/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) CQ Claude Alexander

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