Disasters of the Pikes Peak Region serves as an intense summary of many of the major fires, floods, and other catastrophes of this area. Readers will learn that recent misfortunes experienced in the Pikes Peak region (including the Waldo Canyon Fire, Black Forest Fire, and flooding in Manitou Springs), were unprecedented in their destruction, but were not unfamiliar, or even unpredictable, events. In these pages you will learn how the devastating 19th century fires in Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs influenced how these communities developed and how waging battle against destructive flames evolved from making fire breaks by blasting buildings to utilizing sophisticated military equipment. You will understand, from first-hand accounts, how the 1898 Antlers Hotel fire started and quickly burned an extensive area of Colorado Springs three blocks long and two blocks wide. And you will be shocked by the damaging 1935 Memorial Day Flood, and other floods.