Item: A History of Avalanche Hazard in San Juan and Ouray Counties, Colorado
Title: A History of Avalanche Hazard in San Juan and Ouray Counties, Colorado
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
- B.R. Armstrong
Abstract: In 1974, two adjoining counties in southwestern Clorado, Ouray and San Juan, authorized (under Colorado House Bill 1041) historical studies to compile and map avalanche incidents involving life and property. This paper summarizes portions of these studies (Armstrong, 1976; Armstrong, 1977) which the interested reader may consult "for further details. The method of study included a search through about a century of winter issues (October through May) of weekly newspapers from each county. Periodicals and books were also examined. Residents and former residents, including miners, road maintenance personnel, and people generally familiar with the area, were interviewed and extensive field checking "was carried out to ascertain the location of avalanche disaster sites. Sites were mapped on U.S.G.S. 1:24,000 scale maps. The following photographic collections were utilized: San Juan County Historical Society, Denver Public Library Western History Department, the Colorado State Historical Society, and the collections of Jim Bell of Silverton and Ruth and Marvin Gregory of Ouray.
Language of Article: English
Keywords: hazard, history, incidents
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