“Colorado Sketches - Forest on Fire,” lithograph by J.M. Bagley, November 1879. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 257-6266.

10 years following Colorado’s largest recorded fire in history, the Hayman fire of June 2002, local historian Richard Marold explores another big burn that occurred in 1854, starting on Cheyenne Mountain and finally burning itself out near Wilkerson Pass.
The Great Fire of 1854

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For a photographic look back at the Hayman Fire, check out the Denver Post’s excellent slide show, HERE.

Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla. He is also editor of Cheyenne Mountain Kiva, a journal of the history of central Colorado. His website is fdrtoday.org.


One Response to The Great Fire

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    I’ve heard about this fire before and appreciate the confirmation that it, in fact, happened. Does this account for the big effort to re-forest the region in the early 1900s? I wonder if the Big Burn was preceded by drought.


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