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

In 1862 This Log House was Used as a Station House

 
 
Marker at the site of the 1862 Stage Station image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, May 30, 2021
1. Marker at the site of the 1862 Stage Station
Inscription.  
In 1862
This Log House
was used as a
station house
for the
Overland Stage
Company

 
Erected 1916 by Cache la Poudre Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 40° 37.353′ N, 105° 8.354′ W. Marker is in Laporte, Colorado, in Larimer County. Marker is on North Overland Trail Road 0.3 miles south of US 287B Highway, on the right when traveling south. The marker is just north of where the road crosses the Cache la Poudre River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laporte CO 80535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This log house was built by French trader Sam Deon in 1858 (approx. ¼ mile away); Dedicated to the Memory of Antoine Janis (approx. one mile away); The Cache la Poudre River
Marker mounted on its stone base image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, May 30, 2021
2. Marker mounted on its stone base
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(approx. 1½ miles away); Old Flowers Store and Post Office (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Flowers House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Poudre Valley Bank/Salvation Army (approx. 4.1 miles away); 218 Linden (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Historic Fort Collins Weather Station (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laporte.
 
Regarding In 1862 This Log House was Used as a Station House. The stage station identified in the 1919 marker was destroyed by a fire in 1928. There is a second marker at the base of the first, erected in 1962, recording this event.
 
Also see . . .
1. Overland Trail Stage Stations. Look here for a more detailed account of what this station was and how important it was in the settlement of the American West by the United States:
Two types of stage stations were operated along the route. The larger, more substantial stations, called "Home Stations," were usually about 50 miles apart. This is where the driver ended his route and weary travelers could obtain a meal and meager overnight lodging. The horses were changed here, and there
Marker as it appears approaching from the north image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, May 30, 2021
3. Marker as it appears approaching from the north
Additional marker indicating destruction by fire of the original stage station
was most often a blacksmith and repair shop. In addition, a telegraph station was usually available.
(Submitted on June 1, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado.) 

2. The Old Overland Stage Station. This story tells of the destruction by fire of the log cabin that stood on this site. Included is a more detailed history of the construction and early occupants of the structure.
The old log cabin was not new when it was acquired by Ben Holladay in September of 1862. It had probably been built by an early French or French-Canadian trader in the area in the manner of the 1859 Sam Deon cabin still standing a short distance to the north.
(Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Historical note on the structure
In 1911, Ansel Watrous wrote in History of Northern Colorado, the Laporte Township Company sold and leased parcels to Benjamin Holladay for corrals and stables for the Overland Stage Company, reserving one 25-ft wide lot for location of the stage station.

This became a Home Station for the Overland Line, which came through this part of Colorado to avoid clashes with native American tribes along the northern route following the North
Marker recognizing absence of the original stage station image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, May 19, 2021
4. Marker recognizing absence of the original stage station
Platte River.
    — Submitted May 30, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado.

 
Additional keywords. Stage coach
 
Image of the structure in 1918, as published in 1992 newspaper article image. Click for full size.
By Margaret Jacobson Johnson
5. Image of the structure in 1918, as published in 1992 newspaper article
Across the Cache la Poudre River, about .25 m SSW. image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, May 19, 2021
6. Across the Cache la Poudre River, about .25 m SSW.
This is a Marker dedicated to the memory and history of the Bingham Hill Cemetery, about .1 m west of the intersection of Overland Trail and Bingham Hill Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Last updated on June 1, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 30, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado.   6. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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