Fall River, CO Cloudburst Causes Landslide, July 1891

BURIED IN A LANDSLIDE.

A MOUNTAIN CABIN WRECKED AND ONE MAN PROBABLY KILLED.

Golden, Col., July 26. -- A wash-out and landslide combined occurred last night on the Colorado Central Road.
A cloud burst about three miles west of Idaho Springs, on a mountain, and struck the railroad track at a place called Fall River. The water rushing down the side of the mountain carried with it an immense amount of sand, gravel, and great rocks. It struck a cabin on the hillside, in which a man named BROOKS was sleeping, and wiped it out of existence. The unfortunate man has not been seen since, and it is probable that his boby[sic] is under the pile of debris which covers the railroad track.
After striking the cabin, the slide continued down over the Colorado Central track, covering it for a distance of 400 feet to a depth of fifteen feet with tightly packed sand and boulders. Over 150 feet of track were completely washed away.

The New York Times New York 1891-07-27