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Littleton in Arapahoe County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Alfred G. Packer

Alfred G. Packer Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Alfred G. Packer Marker
Inscription.  Alfred Packer was born on January 21, 1842, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was discharged in June 1863 for epilepsy. Packer to the Rockies and worked for the mines for 9 years. In November 1873, Packer and a party of 21 left Utah for the Colorado Gold Country. They were advised by Chief Ouray they should postpone their expedition until spring due to winter weather. In February, 1874, Alfred Packer and 5 other men headed for the high mountains against Ouray's advice. The group became snowbound by a blizzard. Alfred Packer emerged alone from the mountains in April. He signed his first confession describing what had happened and stated that one member had died and that he had eaten him to stay alive. Later the others died of starvation. Packer admitted killing the last man in self-defense. In August, 1874, the 5 bodies of the missing companions were found near Lake City and Packer was put into jail in Saguache, Colorado. He escaped from jail and was not seen again until March, 1883, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He signed his second confession and was taken to Lake City where he stood trial and was
Alfred G. Packer image. Click for full size.
By Unknown photographer, via the Colorado State Archives, 1874
2. Alfred G. Packer
Prison photograph.
found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang. In October 1886 the sentence was reversed to manslaughter and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was paroled in 1901 by the Governor and took up residence in Littleton, Colorado, where he became a model citizen. Alfred died on April 23, 1907, and was buried with a military funeral in the Littleton Cemetery. It was said that Alfred Packer became a vegetarian before he died.

Dedicated by Al Packer Chapter #100 25 June 2016, The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, 6021
Erected 2016 by Al Packer Chapter #100 Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law EnforcementSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 39° 36.31′ N, 105° 0.995′ W. Marker is in Littleton, Colorado, in Arapahoe County. Marker can be reached from South Prince Street. Gravesite and marker are under the tree near the second-most northern entrance. Block 3, Lot 65, Grave 5. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6155 S Prince Street, Littleton CO 80120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arapahoe County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Memorial to the Pioneers

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(approx. 0.6 miles away); Littleton War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); WWII 10th Mountain Division (approx. 3.3 miles away); Columbine High School (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Buckhorn Exchange (approx. 8.8 miles away); The Molly Brown House (approx. 9.3 miles away); Alfred Dach (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Littleton.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Alferd Griner Packer. Excerpt:
On July 17, 1989, 115 years after Packer consumed his companions, an exhumation of the five bodies was undertaken by James E. Starrs, then a professor of law specializing in forensic science at George Washington University, following an exhaustive search for the precise location of the remains around the area of Cannibal Plateau. The men’s remains were located at the end of a residential driveway of a home belonging to a local surgeon, and were only buried thirteen inches below ground level. ... The evidence uncovered was sufficient for Starrs to conclude that Packer had indeed murdered his comrades. Starrs came away with the belief that Packer more than likely murdered
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his companions for their belongings, and resorted to cannibalism out of necessity rather than intent. The men were re-interred and given a proper burial, complete with funeral rites being read.
(Submitted on January 18, 2020.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 195 times since then. It was the Marker of the Week January 19, 2020. Photos:   1. submitted on October 21, 2019.   2. submitted on January 18, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Jan. 26, 2021