“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Morgan in Morgan County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
1. Fort Morgan Marker
Inscription. Junction Station, the first settlement at this site, suffered numerous Indian attacks similar to those that raged all along the South Platte during the mid 1860s. To protect the crucial crossroads, which joined the South Platte River Trail with its Denver cutoff, the U.S. Army established Camp Junction in 1864. In 1866 Fort Morgan, roughly the size of a city block, was completed. The post defended the trail, but traffic soon shifted north to the transcontinental rail corridor, and Fort Morgan was abandoned in 1868. Sixteen years later Abner S. Baker founded the present-day town and named it after the old battle station. Today one of eastern Colorado's most important cities, Fort Morgan has anchored life on the plains for more than a century.

Rainbow Arch Bridge
From the day of its opening in August 1923, Rainbow Arch Bridge drew praise for its visual elegance; when, twelve years later, it withstood a devastating flood with nary a shudder, the span gained fame for its sturdiness, too. The first bridge to employ James B. Marsh's popular open-spandrel design, Rainbow Arch survived a second flood in 1965, but its narrow roadway couldn't keep up with the rising tide of Fort Morgan's traffic. City officials reluctantly closed the beloved structure in 1987, but after a five-year rehabilitation effort Rainbow Arch reopened to pedestrians

Fort Morgan Museum and Library image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
2. Fort Morgan Museum and Library
and bicyclists in 1996. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 1,100-foot bridge remains one of the longest and grandest of its type.
Erected 1999 by Colorado Historical Society. (Marker Number 224.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the History Colorado marker series.
Location. 40° 16.044′ N, 103° 48.076′ W. Marker is in Fort Morgan, Colorado, in Morgan County. Marker is on State Highway 52 0.1 miles north of Interstate 76, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Morgan CO 80701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sugar Beets (here, next to this marker); Watching River Wildlife (here, next to this marker); Rainbow Arch Bridge (here, next to this marker); Old Fort Morgan (approx. half a mile away).
Categories. Political SubdivisionsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 849 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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