Berthoud Pass author will autograph books Jan. 24 at Cozens Ranch Museum |

Berthoud Pass author will autograph books Jan. 24 at Cozens Ranch Museum

The author of the new pictorial history book “Berthoud Pass” will autograph books at Cozens Ranch Museum on Jan. 24. Local author Ben M. Dugan will be available to sign books and speak with guests about the history of their community at 6:30 p.m. (lecture begins at 7 p.m.). The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase. Call 970-726-5488 for more information.

About the Book

Since its official discovery in 1861 by Ed Berthoud and mountain man Jim Bridger, Berthoud Pass has been an important transportation route over the Continental Divide. At more than 11,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains and coupled with its large number of switchbacks, it has become one of the most beautiful and widely used mountain passes in the West.

Henry Ford’s inexpensive Model T opened up America to the masses and in the 1920s, following early struggles in road development, a successful construction project gave way to the Golden Age of Automobile Touring. A solid road, US Highway 40, was paved in 1938 that opened the West to a wave of tourists during the 1940s and 1950s. Berthoud Pass’s steep terrain and abundant snow provides access to some of Colorado’s best skiing and snowboarding activities.

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