Get to know Glenwood at ‘Street Level’ |

Get to know Glenwood at ‘Street Level’

Sallee Ann Ruibal

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The Colorado Public Television program’s current season focuses on Glenwood Springs. The series will include five episodes. Next week’s episode — focused on infamous resident Doc Holliday — airs July 18 at 7 p.m. on Colorado Public Television channel 12. Learn more at

The first episode of Glenwood Springs’ season of “Street Level” aired Tuesday night on PBS. The five-episode series will explore the history, beauty and abundance of recreational activities here in our town.

Tuesday’s episode focused on the healing and historical hot springs, vapor caves, year-round activities and the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. Here are some fun things we learned. How many did you already know?

Hot springs water was once bottled and sold as “Yampah Water,” which supposedly cured multiple

diseases — including baldness!

The sulfur in the hot springs contains collagen, which the body takes in through the skin. Collagen promotes healthy skin and hair and increases metabolism.

The Yampah Vapor Caves are the largest in the Northern Hemisphere.

“Yampah” means “big medicine.”

Hotel Colorado claims it invented the teddy bear when President Roosevelt came for one of his annual visits.

From 1880-92, around 500 employees worked in Glenwood Canyon every day to work on the $490 million I-70 highway.

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue founder John Goss got into vaudeville when the melodrama theaters he performed in would start or end the shows with 30-minute vaudeville productions.

The full episode can be watched online.

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