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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
A Moving Story Marker
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — A Moving Story
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 . . . — Map (db m47346) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Blowing in the Wind
Gap-toothed and grumbling, the old windmill keeps vigil over the valley where a gravel road has replaced horse and wagon trails. The windmill is more than a machine - it symbolizes survival.

The windmill grew up with the American West, supplying . . . — Map (db m47343) HM

Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — ColoradoEntering the Centennial State
Here on the Great Plains where the ramparts of the Rocky Mountains still lies some hours westward, the Mountain State welcomes you. This highway leads up the valley of the South Platte River to Denver. In 1859 and 1860 the gold rush carried . . . — Map (db m100203) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Colorado's Northeast Corner
This Tablet is the Property of the State of Colorado The Organic Act creating the Territory of Colorado was signed by President Buchanan on February 26, 1861. The act carved from the territories of Kansas, Nebraska, Utah and New . . . — Map (db m119436) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — 223 — Colorado's Wildlife Story
From the eastern prairie to the Rocky Mountains and the western plateau country beyond, Colorado enjoys a rich abundance of wildlife. Protecting this heritage has been a challenge, and Colorado's success is due to the efforts and cooperation of . . . — Map (db m47323) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Devil’s Dive / The Italian Underground
Devil’s Dive This deep, rugged wash presented problems for stagecoaches. Drivers of wagons usually circled to the south rather than take the time to hitch up double teams needed for passage through the wash. Ruts made by thousands of . . . — Map (db m79877) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Fourth Julesburg
In the 1880's, a fourth Julesburg developed at the junction of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Denver Branch of the Union Pacific. Originally known as Denver Junction, the town was soon renamed Julesburg, presumably the last of Jules Beni's . . . — Map (db m47367) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — If at First You Don't Succeed
Cheyenne, Arapaho and Sioux warriors burned the first Julesburg in early 1865. The second Julesburg was formed here, just outside the Fort Sedgwick Military Reservation. At its peak, the community included a store, blacksmith shop, billiards saloon, . . . — Map (db m47340) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Julesburg in Ashes
The senseless slaughter of peaceful Cheyenne on November 29, 1864, at Sand Creek in Southeastern Colorado united the Cheyenne, Sioux and Arapaho Indians.

Near here on January 7, 1865, a small band of Cheyenne Dog Soldiers attacked a stagecoach and . . . — Map (db m47344) HM

Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Julesburg, ColoradoThe Pony Express
. . . — Map (db m100196) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — 223 — Last Days of the Buffalo
For thousands of years, these grasslands have supported tens of millions of buffalo, from the giant species of ancient times to the smaller version of today. As North America's largest land animal, buffalo dominated life on the Great Plains. In . . . — Map (db m47319) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Nearby Things to See and DoJulesburg, Colo.
1. DePoorter Lakeis located off U.S. 385, just south of Julesburg. It offers fishing, picnic tables, restrooms and a wheelchair accessible pathway around the lake.

2. Hippodrome Theatre is newly restored and a source of community pride. . . . — Map (db m47371) HM

Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Neither Rain Nor Sleet
The Pony Express mail service between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California only lasted a short time in 1860-61, but its romantic image continues to captivate the hearts of the American public. In only 19 months, its riders covered over . . . — Map (db m47347) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — 19 — Old Julesburg
Due North 1235 Feet is the Original Site of Old Julesburg, named for Jules Beni, whose trading post was established at the "Upper Crossing" of the Platte prior to 1860, junction of Oregon and Overland Trails. Pony Express Station, 1860-61. . . . — Map (db m47348) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Oregon Trail
South of river Old Julesberg Stage and Pony Express Station, 5 mi. S.W. Trail and station marked 1931 — Map (db m79879) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Overland City
Original home station Apr. 3, 1860 - Nov. 20, 1861

Reverse "The Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express Company" started using the Platte River route from Leavenworth, Kansas to Denver, Colorado by August of 1859. A new station was built here at . . . — Map (db m47350) HM

Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Prairie Home Companions
The semi-arid plains are home to hundreds of wildlife species. but even species specialty adapted for life on the prairie need water to survive. The South Platte River and nearby State Wildlife Areas provide excellent habitat for a variety of wild . . . — Map (db m47373) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Sedgwick County Colorado
The Northeastern most county in Colorado was first Weld County, later Logan County and established in its own right April 9, 1889. It consists of 554 square miles, incorporating 3 towns: The County Seat, Julesburg, Ovid and Sedgwick. . . . — Map (db m119437) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — The Pony Express Trail1860 -1861
The first Pony Express trip between St. Joseph and San Francisco was 1943 miles. This first trip took 10 days. The Pony Express operated from April 3, 1860 to November 20, 1861. The trail was located 1100 feet North and Overland City was 6 miles . . . — Map (db m47328) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — The Town that Wouldn't Die
Today Julesburg is a thriving agricultural center and the seat of Sedgwick County government. But the town was not always this successful. This modern-day community is the fourth to bear the name of "Julesburg."

The First Julesburg began as a . . . — Map (db m47366) HM

Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — Transcontinental RailroadWickedest City in the West
Two panels are mounted on the same stand. Transcontinental Railroad The dream of uniting America by rail began its journey to reality in June 1865 when the Union Pacific Railroad Company started laying track westward from . . . — Map (db m79878) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Julesburg — 223 — Welcome to Colorado
Colorado's vast plains, rugged mountains, and grand plateaus, so magnificent in their beauty and variety, seem at times to overshadow the state's history and people. But look closely. The story of Colorado is every bit as dramatic as the physical . . . — Map (db m47324) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — "Dinky" Locomotive
Known as the “Dinky,” this unit was owned and operated by the Great Western Sugar Co. from 1926 to 1985. Its primary function was to shuttle rail cars of coal, lime-rock, beets and sugar in the Ovid factory yards. Donated to the . . . — Map (db m110323) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — Early Campsites and River Crossings
Native American hunters on the trail of bison and other game found a favorite river crossing and campsite here where the South Platte River and Lodgepole Creek come together. After burning the first Julesburg in 1865, Indian raiders camped here . . . — Map (db m47362) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — 49 — Fort SedgwickDue South 1 ¼ Miles is the site of
Established in September, 1864, as a United States Army Post. Called Camp Rankin and Post Julesburg Name changed in November 1865, to honor General John Sedgwick, who was killed at Spottsylvania May 9, 1864 The fort protected the stage line and . . . — Map (db m47365) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory
"We have no business to put men out here unless we give them food and shelter, and all things but sand and water must be hauled from 1 to 400 miles." Lt. Gen. William T. Sherman, Fort Sedgwick, August 1866

Camp Rankin was established just . . . — Map (db m47341) HM

Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — Hard Duty on the Plains
Military records, diaries and letters of those who survived life at the post reveal a saga of fraud and corruption, bravery and daring-do...triumph and tragedy...where conditions were considered unlivable, pleasures were few and the nearest bath . . . — Map (db m47342) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — Ovid, Colorado
350 rods southeast of this site is the famous and hazardous Upper California Crossing of the South Platte River which was used by the intrepid riders of the Pony Express in 1860-1861. Ovid was incorporated at this site in 1925. Erected in . . . — Map (db m110329) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — Prisoners on the Plains / Ride 'Em Cowboy
Prisoners on the Plains During World War II, a seasonal Prisoner of War Camp was located in Ovid. Nearly 400 German prisoners worked in nearby potato and sugar beet fields. Housing was provided in 40 tents and two large downtown . . . — Map (db m47361) HM
Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — See and Do,Off the BywaySites of Interest
Ovid, originally called "Morgan," began as a water stop on the Denver Line of the Union Pacific Railroad. A 1907 document approved a post office for the town under its new name.

Jumbo Reservoir's 1906 completion created a controllable water supply . . . — Map (db m47359) HM

Colorado (Sedgwick County), Ovid — Sugar Town
Ovid experienced a tremendous boom in 1925 when the Great Western Sugar Company built a sugar beet processing plant here. The plant closed in 1985 after the owners went bankrupt speculating on the silver market.

The "dinkey," a steam-powered . . . — Map (db m47363) HM


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