Trinidad was a mining town. Heavily Italian, back in the day. David Mason, former poet laureate of Colorado, is the writer to read in this part of the world. His powerful novel-in-verse Ludlow tells the stories of the Greek, Italian and Scots immigrant miners of southern Colorado, and the miners' strike in 1913-14 that culminated in the Ludlow Massacre.
What remains is this built town, which is wonderful, and proud, and lost. The built town speaks of a civitas no longer extant: it is a challenge to even think of yourself as a citizen in the strip malls that are the standard North American West landscape of loneliness and unease.