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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Fort St. Vrain thrived briefly but closed mysteriously

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

Decades before the gold rush brought thousands to Colorado, the only man-made structures in this wild region were several small forts stationed along the South Platte River between present-day Denver and Greeley. Continue reading