Colorado Nature March 02, 2019
105 Years Ago, Colorado Was Hit With The Worst Blizzard In History
As cold, snowy, and downright weird as this winter has been, it has not been the worst or even strangest in Colorado history. While we cannot wait for the warm summer months, Coloradans living a century ago had it even worse, as they had to dig their way out of a blizzard that is still considered to be one of the worst in state history.
The Great Snowstorm of 1913 dumped a record-shattering 45.8 inches of snow along the Front Range in just a few short days.
As this was well before the modern era of weather predictions and reporting, Coloradans were essentially blindsided by the storm when it hit on December 1st. Heavy, wet, and damaging snow battered the state for days, finally letting up on December 5th.
Fortunately, there are no known fatalities from the storm, but the nearly four-foot-tall wall of snow caused major problems, as it shut down Denver (and its 200-mile streetcar system) and had officials wondering how to clean up the massive mess.
Once the skies cleared, hundreds of locals grabbed their shovels and got to work, clearing mounds of snow by moving it via horse and carriage to the nearby Civic Center Park.
Those who helped received $2.50 a day as payment!
Despite the freezing cold temperatures and damaging snow, Denver residents still managed to have a little fun during the storm!
Though the record-setting 45.8 inches of snow in Denver did immense damage due to it being Colorado’s largest city, other parts of the state saw even more - Georgetown reported a jaw-dropping 86 inches!
Which Colorado blizzard has been the worst in your lifetime? Let us know in the comments! While you’re here, be sure to also check out
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