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Boulder Flood of 1894

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 14:28, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
The 1894 Boulder flood was a natural disaster that reshaped the landscape of Boulder County , wiping out some communities and forcing others to come together to rebuild. Like other extreme weather events, the 1894 deluge played an integral role in the development of the affected communities. Some,...

Ellison Onizuka

Added by yongli on 01/31/2017 - 10:17, last changed on 01/31/2017 - 10:17
Ellison Onizuka (1946–86) was an astronaut for the US Space Shuttle program who earned degrees at the University of Colorado in Boulder before perishing in the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster. Onizuka was Colorado’s highest-profile astronaut and is remembered today as an advocate for science...

Flooding in Colorado

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 16:19, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
Coloradans have maintained a complex relationship with the natural process of flooding. On one hand, inhabitants of the arid West—from early indigenous communities to current metropolitan populations—have been attracted to the many resources floodplains provide. On the other hand, periodic...

Gumry Hotel Explosion

Added by yongli on 08/31/2016 - 13:43, last changed on 12/02/2016 - 17:03
On August 19, 1895, a steam boiler exploded in Denver’s Gumry Hotel, killing twenty-two people and injuring dozens. Hotel fires were not uncommon in nineteenth-century Colorado, but the Gumry explosion was the worst hotel disaster in Colorado history and prompted a complete rewrite of boiler...

Spring Creek Flood of 1997

Added by yongli on 10/22/2015 - 13:14, last changed on 02/04/2017 - 16:47
On July 28, 1997, the city of Fort Collins was inundated with the heaviest rains ever recorded in a Colorado urban area. During the peak of the storm, about six inches fell in an hour and a half. This caused Spring Creek, a tributary of the Cache la Poudre River , to rise thirty feet beyond its...

The Dust Bowl

Added by yongli on 05/09/2016 - 10:53, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 20:53
In the 1930s, eastern Colorado experienced the worst ecological disaster in the state’s history. Unsustainable farming practices and widespread drought transformed the once fertile Great Plains into a barren landscape, inhospitable to both humans and animals. The experience of the Dust Bowl...

The Hilltop Bomber Crash

Added by yongli on 01/18/2017 - 13:56, last changed on 01/18/2017 - 13:58
In 1951, a B-29 Superfortress taking off from Lowry Air Force Base crashed in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood. As the smoke cleared, the deadly crash illustrated the need for better safety procedures at military bases near residential areas and the necessity of regulating the expansion of military...

Wichita State University Plane Crash

Added by yongli on 10/03/2016 - 12:07, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:28
In early October 1970, a twin-engine aircraft carrying forty people associated with the Wichita State University football team crashed into Mt. Bethel along Colorado’s Continental Divide , killing thirty-one passengers. The crash spurred the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to review and revise its...
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