Phyllis Smith

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Weather Pioneers · The Signal Corps Station at Pikes Peak
By Phyllis Smith

At 14,110 feet, the weather station atop Pikes Peak, Colorado, was the highest in the world in 1873. Young men trained by the Signal Corps took turns living year-round on the isolated mountain, where they endured loneliness, primitive living conditions, lack of financial support and appreciation, and deteriorating health. Most did so with dedication and good humor.

“Phyllis Smith’s book is a lively, easy-to-read treatment of mountain weather, corps projects, and sprightly myths borne of boredom and vivid imaginations.”

Douglas R. McKay, Essays and Monographs in Colorado History