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Cortez in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Soldier's Homestead

140 W. Main

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 10, 2020
1. Soldier's Homestead Marker
Inscription.  The original 80-acre Soldier's Homestead, located in La Plata County, was conveyed by the United States to Algernon S. Dutton in December, 1886.

After Monteruma County was formed in 1889, portions of the land were sold. Block 28 of the original plan of the new Town of Cortez and Chamberlain's Addition were platted in 1890. In 1910, a residence owned by the Gibson Land and Coal Company was located on the corner of Main and Elm Streets. Alfred T. Smith purchased the residence in 1930, and in 1938 Mrs. Hilda Sharp owned and operated it as a boarding house with small apartments in the back.

First National Bank acquired the properties to construct a new bank building and opened for business in May, 1958.

Caption: First National Bank under construction, December 1957
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 20.922′ N, 108° 35.247′ W. Marker is in Cortez, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S.
Soldier's Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 10, 2020
2. Soldier's Homestead Marker
160) and North Elm Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 West Main Street, Cortez CO 81321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montezuma County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Marshal W.G. Clucas Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Citizens State Bank (about 400 feet away); Cortez Post Office (about 400 feet away); Office Outpost (J.C. Penney Building) (about 500 feet away); Wilson (Stone Block) Building (about 500 feet away); Cortez Travel (Duncan Beauty Shop) (about 600 feet away); Charles Duff Mercantile (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cortez.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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