Submitted by Katie Rudolph on August 4, 2015. Denver Times, November 12, 1902 page 2, column 7, Neat! Last week, we brought you a glimpse of the 1914 Cornet Creek flood in Telluride. Muskrats….REALLY! This is about an injury or accident Potato farming and dairy ranching became principal industries in the county. The event sent a 15-foot (5 m) wave of water all the way to downtown Denver resulting in a flood. A model of More information…. Denver, CO 80204. You really get the feeling of how the break must have sounded. And then very early on August 3, 1933 after a multiple days of excessive rain, that was it. A bakery that stored its flour in the basement was flooded; imagine cleaning up that mess…we do not re-enact that. Create Recommended Route or Among the many species living in the park are coyote, cottontail rabbit, red fox, black bear, prairie rattlesnake, mountain lion, meadow jumping mouse, turkey vulture, golden eagle, prairie falcon, virile crayfish, Woodhouse's toad and the northern leopard frog. , Castlewood State Park was formed in 1964, following an 87 acre land purchase in 1961 and an additional 792 acre purchase in the late 1970s. actually not be with us but a re-enactor will. Why did Castlewood Dam fail? Thanks for reading and commenting, Hillary! Lunch to benefit Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park. R emnants of geologic and local history combine when the then Castlewood Dam burst in 1933, sending a 15-foot-high wave of water into Denver. And apart from my numb fingers fumbling with the buttons on my remote flash trigger (aka PocketWizards for the photo nerds out there), my classically tangential brain can’t help but envision the epic swell of water that suddenly roared from behind this towering levee 86 long years ago. the Dam and the devastating affects of its failure…no flour. The Castlewood Dam was built in the late 1800's and you can imagine firsthand the destruction that followed the dam breaking in 1933 when one of the worst floods in Denver's history ensued. This year we will remember that historic day on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Photo by Elaine Skylar Neal. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Ruins of the original ill-fated dam and the historic homestead still exist for hikers to see. Sincerely, your humble content producers. Note: The two photographs above were taken from vastly different vantage points, yet they help provide somewhat of a scale for not only how much water the reservoir held, but also how differently things look today post-collapse. Today it’s a much different place. There have been a number of explanations given for why the Dam failed. The park sits on 2,600 acres with 17 miles of trails and there's much more to the state park than meets the eye. Although thousands and thousands of people hike there each year, many skip the visitors center and head straight for the trails. It doesn’t sound like it was ever much of a proper barrier. Travels and Curiosities. In 1889, a dam was born. With the water came the mud, trees, bridges and dead livestock. It looks so modern to me. Short Walk: A couple miles walk either from the Homestead or West Side Trailheads to the west or the Canyon Point trailhead to the east. Of stone mason construction and built in 1890, there are numerous historical articles documenting long-raised questions around its stability. Hugh Paine*, Crested by rising waters, this 600-foot-long, 70-foot-long craggy structure failed, sending a crushing wave of water into Denver 40 miles to the northwest causing two fatalities and $1 million in damage. In 1889, a dam was born. She loves it so much that she volunteers as a tour guide there. The dam failed at approximately 12:15 am on August 3, 1933 after a heavy rainfall.