Bill Hammons: Writing and Running in Boulder, Colorado






BILL HAMMONS' GUIDE TO BOULDER, COLORADO AND BEYOND

Flagstaff Mountain

Flagstaff Mountain was named for the flagpole which sits atop its summit (at 6,850 feet), visible when Boulder was first settled as a treeless plain. Also on top of the summit is the Flagstaff Nature Center, a great place to become familiar with the local wildlife and plants as well as the history of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks.

In 1922 (back when Colorado was a Ku Klux Klan stronghold), the KKK staged a parade down Pearl Street, then set fire to a cross on Flagstaff Mountain's summit. (It seems members of the KKK aren't keen on scratching below the surface: the Klan returned to the city to host a rally in 1994 and congratulated Boulder [a.k.a. "The People's Republic of Boulder," a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive in the nation] for its demographics: Boulder is almost 90 percent white.)

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