Delta in Delta County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Ute Council Tree
This tree was a seedling around 1800, and grew into a magnificent tree which survived for over 200 years. However, for the final 50-60 years of its life, branches continued to drop periodically, endangering life and property beneath. When the last major branch on the trunk dropped on August 1, 2017, leaving only the crown intact, the decision to remove the 89 foot crown was made in the interest of public safety. The Ute Council Tree was cut down on August 25, 2017, leaving the 23 foot stump as a memorial to the Ute Indians, who still embrace the historical connection
Erected 2017 by Delta County Historical Society.
Location. 38° 45.284′ N, 108° 4.435′ W. Marker is in Delta, Colorado, in Delta County. Marker is at the intersection of G96 Lane and 1550 Road, on the left when traveling west on G96 Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 690 1550 Road, Delta CO 81416, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Uncompahgre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Western Slope Agriculture / Delta County (approx. 0.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker from December 2017 replaces an older one erected in March of 1987.
Also see . . . The Southern Ute Drum article on cutting down the Ute Council Tree. (Submitted on July 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Landmarks • Native Americans • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.