The Denver Post – Flagstaff, Colorado (AP) When it rained, the flagstaff was about 1,000 feet high.
It was dry and cool, and the air was rich with red clay.
Now, Flagstaff is rising.
And the elevation it reached in 2011 is now about 3,400 feet.
That’s about one-third the height of the highest mountain in Colorado.
The city of Flagstaff hopes to get to 3,000 by 2020.
The town of Flag is in the midst of a massive effort to raise Flagstaff’s elevation from 4,000 to 5,000, with the goal of making the highest point in the United States the world’s tallest.
Flagstaff will be the first in the country to achieve that feat, said Flagstaff Mayor Mark DeSantis.
“We’re going to do it on our own.
It’s going to be our own team,” DeSantsons daughter, Jennifer DeSanto, said.
The city of more than 11,000 has been raising Flagstaff on an annual basis since 2009.
Flag has grown more than 2,000 percent since then, and DeSantes is working with local businesses and volunteers to help them get the most out of Flag and the surrounding area.
“It’s a great place to live, a great town, a really nice community, and we are looking forward to raising the flag on our streets in a few years,” De Santis said.
The project, dubbed Flagstaff Rising, will be a partnership between the city of Denver and the National Parks and Natural Resources Service.
The goal is to build a temporary bridge, but a long-term project could bring Flagstaff closer to the summit.
“If we can raise the flag in a city that’s growing and growing and we can create a beautiful experience for people who live and work in the city, it’s going, it makes me feel like Flagstaff has grown, and it’s a really special city,” De Santons daughter said.
Flag will also have to get used to rising.
It will be warmer than it has been in years, and temperatures will climb in the coming weeks and months.
“As we get warmer, the water starts to come in more and more, so you’re getting a bit more rain,” Deutsch said.
“You start to see a little bit more dust.”
Deutsch said the city is working to build the temporary bridge as soon as possible so Flagstaff can begin to experience its rising.
“If we get it going as soon we can, then we’re going out on the mountain,” De Santos said.