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How Tall Is Pike's Peak?

 

September 11, 2019

I get this question often, but what is the right answer? Pike thought it was 18,000 feet tall. Well not really, but the measurements given over the years have gotten lower. So let us take some time to look at this.

If you remember your basic geometry, if you know the height of two objects, and the distances apart, you can figure the height of the third. As surveyors got further and further from their starting points, any errors just grew. Back in the 1880's they thought it was about 14,200 feet. It was a short time later defined as 14,147 feet. The United States Geological Society gave it a...



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