The fire on Methodist Mountain, visible from everywhere in Salida, should have been a wake-up call for us all.
This is a great article. I particularly appreciate the following paragraph:
“Ironically, Salida’s city leaders figured this out more than a century ago, as local historian Steve Chapman describes in this issue of Colorado Central. Devastating fires prompted Salida to adopt a building code requiring downtown buildings to be constructed of nonflammable materials. Salida’s downtown now constitutes the largest historic district in Colorado, largely because of that “home hardening” building code adopted in the late 1800s.”
Let’s learn from the wisdom of those who came before us.