Denver in Denver County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Smoky Hill Trail
Property of the State of Colorado
Here was the end of the famous
Smoky Hill Trail
Immigrant and stage road extending
from the Missouri River to Denver.
Traversed by pioneers in 1858.
Surveyed by W.G. Russell in 1860.
Route of Butterfield's Overland
Despatch and Wells Fargo Express.
The trail took its human toll -
Death by thirst and Indian raids.
Erected 1936 by State Historical Society of Colorado, The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation, City and County of Denver. (Marker Number 40.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the History Colorado marker series.
Location. 39° 44.418′ N, 104° 59.258′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Colfax on Broadway. Click for map. It's on the Broadway side of the monument with the Scout on horseback on top. Marker is in this post office area: Denver CO 80202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Passing of the Street Car (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Sadie M. Likens (within Joe P. Martinez (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Honor of Christopher Columbus (about 400 feet away); Alfred Dach (about 600 feet away); Colorado State Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Colorado Soldier's Monument (about 700 feet away); Sand Creek Massacre (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Denver.
More about this marker. This is Denver's tribute to the pioneers who crossed the Great American Desert, braved the Indians & elements, and settled in the west.
The sculpture, by Frederick William MacMonnies, is called the Pioneer Monument. It was installed in 1911 at a cost of seventy thousand dollars. Fountain was renovated in 1983.
Not readable in the photographs is the text on the state shield, beneath the frieze of ox skulls. It reads, "To the Pioneers of Colorado. Dedicated by the Citizens, 1910."
Also see . . .
1. History of the Smoky Hill Trail & Butterfield Overland Despatch (B.O.D.). (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Trails West across the Plains and Mountains. Includes links to other sites about the Smokey Hill Trail and Butterfield's Overland Despatch (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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