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Loveland in Larimer County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Namaqua

 
 
Namaqua Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 25, 2011
1. Namaqua Marker
Inscription.
This Memorial Is the
Property Of The State Of Colorado

Namaqua
Home, trading post and fort of
Mariano Modena, early trapper,
scout and pioneer.
First settlement in the
Big Thompson Valley.
Station on Overland Stage
route to California in 1862.

Erected by
The State Historical Society of Colorado
from
The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation
and by
The Namaqua Chapter, Daughters of
the American Revolution
1931

 
Erected 1931 by The State Historical Society of Colorado, The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation, and The Namaqua Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. (Marker Number 20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the History Colorado marker series.
 
Location. 40° 23.973′ N, 105° 7.399′ W. Marker is in Loveland, Colorado, in Larimer County. Marker is on N County Road 19E, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 730 N County Road 19E, Loveland CO 80537, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lone Tree School (approx. 2 miles away); Loveland
Namaqua Marker and Namaqua Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 25, 2011
2. Namaqua Marker and Namaqua Park
(approx. 10.2 miles away); Elwood Mead (approx. 12.3 miles away); The Historic Fort Collins Weather Station (approx. 12.4 miles away); Donated Land for the Agricultural College (approx. 12.5 miles away); Antoine Janis Cabin (approx. 13.1 miles away); Auntie Stone Cabin (approx. 13.1 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 13.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Loveland.
 
Regarding Namaqua. From The Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch book by Madison Grant.
quote:
"Mariano Modena was a prince amoung mountain men. As Flamboyant in dress as he was taciturn in demeanor, his exploits fully matched those of famous contemporaries such as Kit Carson and Jim Bridger. His smallness of stature was counter-balanced by a fiercely competitive disposition bequeathed by his Spanish ancestors. He was afraid of nothing. Squaw man, scout and Indian fighter, his activities spanned a period conceded to be one of the most volatile eras in our history.

Having survived numberless adventures of a type that eliminated less adaptable men, he settled in the valley of Colorado's
Namaqua Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 25, 2011
3. Namaqua Marker
Big Thompson River. There he became a rancher, tavern keeper and for that period, a wealthy man.

Modena's domestic life was hardly less tranquil than the daily excitement that swirled around him. The loss of his wife and all of his children embittered his declining years.

When he knew that he had not long to live, he gave his rifle "Old Lady Hawkens", hunting pouch and accouterments to his close friend, General A.H. Jones of Denver. Later the family presented the treasures to the Colorado State Historical Society."
 
Also see . . .
1. The Rocky Mountain College. Born in Taos, New Mexico in 1812, Mariano Medina was a friend of Kit Carson, Louis Vasquez, the Bent brothers along other legendary mountain men like Jim Bridger and Tom Toblin. ...With the days of the fur trade coming to an end and growing older for providing a guide service for explorations, Mariano settled down and proclaimed he was the first settler on the Big Thompson Creek (River) in1858 (the unorganized western district of the Territory of Nebraska) near present day Loveland, Colorado. (Submitted on January 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Marino Medina - Mountain Man. (Submitted on January 1, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
Mariano Medina image. Click for full size.
By The Rocky Mountain College
4. Mariano Medina
Namaqua Marker at the park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 25, 2011
5. Namaqua Marker at the park
Namaqua Marker at the Roadside Park 1/2 mi. south of US 34 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 25, 2011
6. Namaqua Marker at the Roadside Park 1/2 mi. south of US 34
Namaqua near the Big Thompson River image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 24, 2011
7. Namaqua near the Big Thompson River
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 993 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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