The Land Report

Spring 2016

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 | The LandReport 47 LANDREPORT.COM I always thought about how that passion really fueled what I and my brothers and sisters became in this country. During that same time in the 1940s, my mother had come to a family ranch northwest of Albuquerque. It's a place that they used to refer to as San Miguel. There was no post office, but it was a significant ranch, which her family had had for generations as well. I think of her tonight as she struggled with her life. I think about how this young woman's courage — at the age of 19 getting on a train close to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and taking that train all the way across the United States of America to Washington, D.C., and ending up at Union Station and getting off the train at Union Station. She went to work at the War Department where other people from the Southwest were going to work because we were in- volved in the great cause for freedom. And then she helped open and change the name from the War Department to the Department of Defense and helped move the command of the United States military into the Pentagon in the 1940s. She was there from 1941 until 1946. So everything that I am about today and the things that I have done, I think back to those generations that came before me, including my father and my mother. And I remember growing up in a very special place where I know the fence posts and I know the cattle guards and I know the trees and I know the rivers and I know the stones. It was that place that made me every- thing who I am today. We didn't have the great things that most of the kids in the city had, but our parents instilled in us the sense that anything was possible in America because they believed in this country. They believed that somehow if you worked hard, if you played by the rules, if you got a good education, if you took pride in your sense of place, that anything was possible in these United States of America. I had the great honor in 1998 to be elected as attorney general of the great State of Colorado. I had the great honor in 2004 to be elected as the United States senator of this state. And then I had the great honor to serve this country on the Cabinet as the secretary of the interior. Ken Salazar shares his family's story at the 2015 Land Report Aspen Summit.

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