Long’s Peak — Flat-topped Beauty of the Northern Front Range

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

From just about any spot in Broomfield, you can cast an admiring glance up at Long’s Peak, that grand mountain watching over us from the north. In case you don’t know, it’s the really big beauty with a flat top.  One of Colorado’s fabled fourteeners (a peak that rises over 14,000 feet), Long’s Peak is so massive it generates its own weather. Wind gusts have been clocked at the summit at a hair-plucking 200 mph. Continue reading

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Young rural postal carrier makes the rounds in the 1920s

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

The U.S. postal service has a long history in our relatively young country, with Benjamin Franklin the first Postmaster General under the Continental Congress in 1775.  Out here in the West, the first mail carriers rode for the Pony Express, which was often the only link to the outside world for those trying to make their way on the frontier. Continue reading