In 1913, Colorado Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year's Winter Look Downright Mild
Is anyone else LOVING this super mild winter we are having? Once upon a time, I loved a good Colorado blizzard and being snowed in, but… then I had kids and realized that being cooped up for long periods of time is no way to live! If you have lived here for awhile, you know that mild winters like this are virtually unheard of, especially when you consider such historic and downright frigid winters as this:
The year was 1913. The world was still in shock from the sinking of the Titanic, the groundbreaking Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 had just taken place in Washington, D.C., and...
...Colorado experienced one of its worst blizzards on record.
Taking place the first week of December, the blizzard of 1913 dumped a whopping 45.7 inches on Denver, virtually closing down the Mile High City.
Due to the unprecedented amount of snowfall, the city’s 200-mile streetcar system came to a halt, while several buildings and structures collapsed beneath the heavy precipitation.
After a week of these conditions, hundreds of local men began to assist in digging out and cleaning up, which resulted in hundreds of horse-drawn wagons hauling and dumping snow around Civic Center Park.
Fun Fact: The City of Denver paid each shoveler $2.50 a day as payment for their work, which would equal $61.97 today!
As if 45.7 inches wasn't shocking enough, other parts of Colorado saw even MORE, including Estes Park (53 inches) and Georgetown (86 inches).
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