Colorado Disasters
True Stories of Centennial State Tragedies and Triumphs

by Phyllis Perry

  • DEADLY, DRAMATIC, and WILD... Words that best describe this collection of stories recounting Colorado's long history of catastrophes.

    In Colorado Disasters, Boulder-based historian and educator Phyllis J. Perry chronicles the Centennial State’s gamut of natural and human-caused disasters, from floods, mudslides and avalanches, to massive wildfires, deadly explosions, train wrecks, airplane crashes, monster tornadoes, and more. Perry honors the survivors and many heroic rescuers who risked their lives to save others. “Most of these stories offer excellent lessons in how to survive a disaster, Perry says. “And they can inspire us to do the right thing when the world turns upside down and your neighbors need help.” Covering more than 150 years of catastrophes, Perry’s careful research and lively writing brings to life the true stories—at turns heart-stopping and heroic—of the victims, survivors, and rescuers who were there.

204 pages, 6 x 9 , Perfect Bound

ISBN 10: 1-56037-810-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-810-5


    - Riveting details from first-person accounts.

    - Amply illustrated with more than 70 photographs.





Colorado Disasters
True Stories of Centennial State Tragedies and Triumphs

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Phyllis Perry has a BA in English literature with a minor in history. She earned her doctorate in education at the University of Colorado-Boulder and served for twenty years in the Boulder Valley Schools as a teacher, school principal, and director of a program for talented and gifted students. Perry retired early to write full time. She is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults and is a member of the Colorado Authors' League and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Perry has written 95 books. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Authors' League.

Perry welcomes comments and can be reached through her website at

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