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The Atlantic to the Pacific: What to See and How to See it (1873), by John Erastus Lester


TABLE OF ALTITUDES IN COLORADO

Taken from the most Accurate Surveys.

Feet
Denver5,250
Golden6,200
Central City8,300
Idaho7,800
Georgetown8,450
Caribou9,200
Boulder5,550
Greeley4,750
Cheyenne6,041
Colorado City6,350
Pueblo4,400
Trinidad5,800
Tarryall9,900
Fairplay10,000
Twin Lakes9,000
Hot Springs in Middle Park7,700
Boulder Pass11,700
Berthoud Pass11,020
Argentine Pass13,000
Breckinridge Pass11,000
Long’s Peak14,300
Gray’s Peak14,251
Mount Lincoln14,300
Mount Harvard14,270
Mount Yale14,078
Pike’s Peak14,216
Summit of Divide where Rio Grande Railway crosses7,040

The extreme limit of timber-growth in this region is usually about 11,000 feet above the sea, though, upon favourable exposures, it occasionally extends some hundreds of feet higher. Elevations above that altitude all come under the common term of ‘snowy range,’ or ‘snowy peaks;’ and they hold more or less snow upon them all the year round. They number, in Colorado, thousands of peaks, and hundreds of them are of about the average height of the highest enumerated. It is doubtful whether the loftiest have ever yet been measured. Lakelets for ever covered with ice are common among their craggy summits.



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