Loveland in Larimer County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Property Of The State Of Colorado
Home, trading post and fort of
Mariano Modena, early trapper,
scout and pioneer.
First settlement in the
Big Thompson Valley.
Station on Overland Stage
route to California in 1862.
The State Historical Society of Colorado
The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation
The Namaqua Chapter, Daughters of
the American Revolution
Erected 1931 by The State Historical Society of Colorado, The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation, and The Namaqua Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. (Marker Number 20.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the History Colorado marker series.
Location. 40° 23.973′ N, 105° 7.399′ W. Marker is in Loveland, Colorado, in Larimer County. Marker is on N County Road 19E, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 730 N County Road 19E, Loveland CO 80537, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lone Tree School (approx. 2 miles away); Loveland Elwood Mead (approx. 12.3 miles away); The Historic Fort Collins Weather Station (approx. 12.4 miles away); Donated Land for the Agricultural College (approx. 12½ miles away); The William C. Stover House (approx. 12.8 miles away); Antoine Janis Cabin (approx. 13.1 miles away); Auntie Stone Cabin (approx. 13.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Loveland.
Regarding Namaqua. From The Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch book by Madison Grant.
"Mariano Modena was a prince amoung mountain men. As Flamboyant in dress as he was taciturn in demeanor, his exploits fully matched those of famous contemporaries such as Kit Carson and Jim Bridger. His smallness of stature was counter-balanced by a fiercely competitive disposition bequeathed by his Spanish ancestors. He was afraid of nothing. Squaw man, scout and Indian fighter, his activities spanned a period conceded to be one of the most volatile eras in our history.
Having survived numberless adventures of a type that eliminated less adaptable men, he settled in
Modena's domestic life was hardly less tranquil than the daily excitement that swirled around him. The loss of his wife and all of his children embittered his declining years.
When he knew that he had not long to live, he gave his rifle "Old Lady Hawkens", hunting pouch and accouterments to his close friend, General A.H. Jones of Denver. Later the family presented the treasures to the Colorado State Historical Society."
Also see . . .
1. The Rocky Mountain College. Born in Taos, New Mexico in 1812, Mariano Medina was a friend of Kit Carson, Louis Vasquez, the Bent brothers along other legendary mountain men like Jim Bridger and Tom Toblin. ...With the days of the fur trade coming to an end and growing older for providing a guide service for explorations, Mariano settled down and proclaimed he was the first settler on the Big Thompson Creek (River) in1858 (the unorganized western district of the Territory of Nebraska) near present day Loveland, Colorado. (Submitted on January 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Marino Medina - Mountain Man. (Submitted on January 1, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers •
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