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Near Platteville in Weld County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Fort Vasquez

 
 
Fort Vasquez Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 19, 2015
1. Fort Vasquez Marker
Inscription. In this area along the South Platte River, competing fur companies in the late 1830's established a string of four adobe trading posts -- Fort Vasquez, Fort St. Vrain, Fort Jackson and Fort Lupton traversed by the Old Trapper's Trail which connected Fort Bent on the Arkansas with Fort Laramie on the North Platte. This country of wide horizons was the commercial center of a vast region. Here trappers, traders and Indians bartered calico, knives and beads for buffalo robes and beaver skins.
Built in 1835 by Louis Vasquez (later partner of Jim Bridger) and Andrew Sublette, this fort once was flanked by the South Platte River. In the spring of 1840 a Mackinaw boat was launched here loaded with 700 buffalo robes and 400 buffalo tongues. It reached St. Louis in 69 days.
Abandoned in 1842, the fort was ransacked by Indians. Later partly restored, it sheltered gold rush emigrants and troops during Indian troubles.
Fort Vasquez was reconstructed on its original site from adobe bricks made from remains of crumbling walls.
Weld County's so-called first court house stands near the gate.
 
Location. 40° 11.662′ N, 104° 49.244′ W. Marker is near Platteville, Colorado, in Weld County. Marker is on U.S. 85, in the median. Touch for map. Marker
Fort Vasquez Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 19, 2015
2. Fort Vasquez Marker
is at or near this postal address: 13412 U.S. Highway 85, Platteville CO 80651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Vasquez (a few steps from this marker); Fort Vasquez Trading Post (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
More about this marker. This marker is inside of the fort walls.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Vasquez, Colorado: Fur Trading along the South Platte. By the early part of the 20th century the adobe structure had fallen into ruins. Only small portions of the walls remained when the WPA began reconstruction of the fort in the late 1930's. Archaeological excavations in the 1960's unearthed artifacts as well as new information regarding the actual size and plan of the fort. (Submitted on October 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Ongoing restoration work at Fort Vasquez image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 19, 2015
3. Ongoing restoration work at Fort Vasquez
Ongoing restoration work at Fort Vasquez image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 19, 2015
4. Ongoing restoration work at Fort Vasquez
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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