Denver Chimney Caps Keep the City Alive!
Over one hundred years ago, in December of 1913 Denver was blanketed with the state of Colorado’s largest blizzard still to this day. The city was frozen with frigid temperatures and citizens were unable to move around the city or escape the blizzard, the whole city was shut down. Denver chimney caps were at their peak, power was out due to the storm and people were desperate to stay warm, piling coal into their fireplaces keeping those Denver chimney caps boiling smoke was a sign or survival and hope.
The blizzard approached Colorado slowly on Thursday, December 4, 1913. The storm came from the north and stretched from Cheyenne to Trinidad. Incredibly almost forty-six inches of snow was dumped on top of Denver chimney caps for three days straight.
Denver is known for its beautiful rolling mountains of snow, and citizens didn't think much of the coming storm, so they continued throughout the day with their normal schedules. Hundreds of people couldn't even travel across town after the storm to return home. Hotels and boarding houses were overflowing with people seeking shelter to ride out the storm, even police stations and the city auditorium had to house people for a few days. Trains were the main means of travel back then from city to city, and all trains were at a halt and couldn't move due to the snow. Snow drifts were hitting record levels of about seven foot tall, making surrounding city transportation unable to enter the Denver area.
Snow levels were at an all-time high and no end in sight. Denver's authorities’ biggest concern was getting coal out to the citizens in order to keep them warm. Authorities scoured the streets by horse drawn wagon watching the Denver chimney caps for smoke boiling out. If they came across Denver chimney caps not expelling smoke, they would stop and distribute coal to the families in need. All grocery stores, post offices, train stations and stores were all closed due to the massive blizzard, and no electricity.
As snow piled and piled upon buildings and houses, the weight from the snow started collapsing buildings, homes and Denver chimney caps. More people were being moved to emergency shelters for warmth from the frigid temperatures. Denver's Mayor ordered that citizens start to help move snow off buildings and roads to help Denver thaw out. Hundreds and hundreds of horse drawn wagons were filled with hand shoveled snow. The snow was dumped in the Civic Center Park, and was piled so high that it took until July 4th weekend, six months later, for all the snow to melt.
No fatalities occurred during the blizzard, but several people did go missing. By December 10, 1913, Denver was able to get most of the trains running again and life resumed as normal again. Denver chimney caps saved the lives of thousands during the great blizzard of 1913. Next time there is a possible heavy snow storm in Denver, make sure you stock up on your chimney fuel, so everyone can see your Denver chimney caps smoking.