Historic Avalanches, by M. Martinelli Jr. and C.F. Leaf

Review by Allen Best

Snowslides – August 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

Historic Avalanches in the Northern Front Range and the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado
By M. Martinelli Jr. and Charles F. Leaf
Published in 1999 by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Technical Report RMRS-GTR-38
Free, 270 pages

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Avalanche Lore: Believe it or not?

Sidebar by Catherine Lutz

Snowslides – December 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine

Mining lore by its very nature must have some element of exaggeration, embellishment, or outright lying. Which of the following stories are completely true? Nobody really knows.

When an avalanche hit the Magna Charta Tunnel in 1884, two men were working in the blacksmith shop. Legend has it that one of the men was shot out of the shop like a cannonball, hurtling through a partition and landing fifty feet down the mountainside in a snow bank, unhurt.

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