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Ovid in Sedgwick County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Early Campsites and River Crossings

 
 
Early Campsites and River Crossings Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
1. Early Campsites and River Crossings Marker
Inscription.  Native American hunters on the trail of bison and other game found a favorite river crossing and campsite here where the South Platte River and Lodgepole Creek come together. After burning the first Julesburg in 1865, Indian raiders camped here before continuing north into the Powder River country. Pioneers traveling the Overland Routes named this popular ford the Upper California Crossing.

A branch of the Overland Route paralleled Lodgepole Creek into Nebraska. This waterway is possibly the longest "creek" in the United States, flowing over 150 miles from its origin in the mountains of Wyoming to join the South Platte River. The width of the Lodgepole Valley suggests that the creek was once much larger than the quiet stream seen here today.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
 
Location. 40° 57.647′ N, 102° 23.045′ W. Marker is in Ovid, Colorado, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on U.S. 138 just east of 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east

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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ovid CO 80744, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sugar Town (here, next to this marker); Fort Sedgwick (here, next to this marker); See and Do,Off the Byway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prisoners on the Plains / Ride 'Em Cowboy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ovid, Colorado (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Dinky" Locomotive (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory (approx. 1˝ miles away); Hard Duty on the Plains (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ovid.
 
Early Campsites and River Crossings Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
2. Early Campsites and River Crossings Marker
South Platte River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
3. South Platte River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 797 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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