A volunteer and writer for History Colorado, Brian Cooke has a degree in journalism/science writing from Lehigh University. In his spare time, he works as a freelance environmental writer for the Forest Service and as an editor on National Park Service reports. He is currently seeking a master’s degree in natural resource stewardship and a certificate in conservation communications from Colorado State University. Brian’s website is http://briancooke.writersresidence.com/.
My hometown of Philadelphia has a name that translates to “city of brotherly love,” which certainly implies goodwill. But until I visited Colorado Springs, I hadn’t come across a historical friendship that helped to create a city.
the disCOurse is a place for people to share their lived experiences and their perspectives on the past with an eye toward informing our present. Here, as devastating wildfires burn throughout Colorado and across the West, Brian Cooke looks at fire from the vantage of historic fire lookout towers.
One can only imagine their sense of both frustration and hope as they toured Colorado, which in 1893 had become the first state to prohibit discrimination against women voters; nearly a quarter-century later, a woman’s right to vote had yet to be recognized as national law.