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

A Moving Story

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
1. A Moving Story Marker
Inscription. When Jules Beni established his trading post here in the mid-1850's, he unknowingly set the stage for a series of four towns that would bear his name. Strategically located at the Upper California Crossing of the South Platte River, the first Julesburg supplied the needs of settlers and immigrants on their way west.

The "Earie" Tale of Jules Beni
History remembers Jules Beni as a disreputable character. The stage line fired him after accusing him of theft and other illegal activities. He fought several gun battles with Joseph A. "Jack" Slade, a supervisor with the stage line. Slade eventually killed Beni and allegedly cut off his ears - nailing one to a fence post and using the other as a watch fob. Slade was later lynched for "disturbing the peace."

The unsavory reputation surrounding Julesburg and its namesake prompted an unsuccessful attempt to rename the town "Overland City."
 
Location. 40° 56.329′ N, 102° 21.704′ W. Marker is in Julesburg, Colorado, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on County Route 28 6 miles west of U.S. 385, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Julesburg CO 80737, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overland City (here, next

A Moving Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
2. A Moving Story Marker
to this marker); Old Julesburg (here, next to this marker); Neither Rain Nor Sleet (here, next to this marker); Julesburg in Ashes (here, next to this marker); Hard Duty on the Plains (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Campsites and River Crossings (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sugar Town (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Julesburg.
 
Categories. Notable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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