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Ute Council Tree

 
 
Ute Council Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 8, 2018
1. Ute Council Tree Marker
Inscription. This ancient tree was once part of a grove of native cottonwoods under which the local Ute Indians would camp and hold council prior to 1881. An Indian trail passed nearby. It has been identified as the Ute Council Tree since 1930, when the local DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapter affixed a bronze plaque to the tree identifying its historic connection to the Ute Indian culture. Edith Castle, when a young teenager, would listen to conversations between her father, Newton Castle, and Chipeta, wife of Ute Chief Ouray (d. August 24,1880), during visits by Chipeta following the removal of the Ute tribes from this area in 1881. Edith Castle, DAR regent in 1930, was instrumental in recognizing and honoring the historical significance of this sacred place.

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
The Ute Council Tree and marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 8, 2018
2. The Ute Council Tree and marker.
of this tree to their ancestors who once inhabited the area.
 
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. LandmarksNative AmericansNatural Features
 
Ute Council Tree looking south from 1550 Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 8, 2018
3. Ute Council Tree looking south from 1550 Road.
Ute Chief Ouray, Colorado, 1874 image. Click for full size.
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4. Ute Chief Ouray, Colorado, 1874
Second wife of Chief Ouray, Chipeta or White Singing Bird (1843 or 1844 – August 1924) image. Click for full size.
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5. Second wife of Chief Ouray, Chipeta or White Singing Bird (1843 or 1844 – August 1924)
 
 
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.
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