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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Weld County, Colorado

Clickable Map of Weld County, Colorado and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Weld County, CO (36) Adams County, CO (21) Boulder County, CO (17) Broomfield County, CO (2) Larimer County, CO (48) Logan County, CO (11) Morgan County, CO (5) Kimball County, NE (2) Laramie County, WY (65)  WeldCounty(36) Weld County (36)  AdamsCounty(21) Adams County (21)  BoulderCounty(17) Boulder County (17)  (2) Broomfield County (2)  LarimerCounty(48) Larimer County (48)  LoganCounty(11) Logan County (11)  MorganCounty(5) Morgan County (5)  KimballCountyNebraska(2) Kimball County (2)  LaramieCountyWyoming(65) Laramie County (65)
Greeley is the county seat for Weld County
Adjacent to Weld County, Colorado
      Adams County (21)  
      Boulder County (17)  
      Broomfield County (2)  
      Larimer County (48)  
      Logan County (11)  
      Morgan County (5)  
      Kimball County, Nebraska (2)  
      Laramie County, Wyoming (65)  
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1 Colorado, Weld County, Ault — Pvt Joe P. MartinezWorld War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient — July 27, 1920 - May 26, 1943 —
Private Martinez was mortally wounded on Attu Island after leading a successful charge to capture a mountain pass. He single handedly destroyed more than thirty enemy defenders. For this heroic efforts and supreme sacrifice he was awarded the . . . Map (db m62783) WM
2 Colorado, Weld County, Ault — Weld County Irrigation / Ault Country
Weld County Irrigation Here is a land where life is written in water. – Thomas Hornsby Ferril Hard-pressed to turn crusty sod into fertile soil, northern Colorado's earliest farmers devised an . . . Map (db m120216) HM
3 Colorado, Weld County, Briggsdale — Cornish Grade School1914-1948
Adjacent to this site stood the, two-room school where on, July 10, 11, & 12, 1934, the first Stone Age Fair was held. In 1935, over 10,000 people from 41 states attended; President F. D. Roosevelt sent a congratulatory telegram; Will Rogers sent . . . Map (db m119893) HM
4 Colorado, Weld County, Eaton — Benjamin Harrison Eaton4th Governor of Colorado — Dec. 15, 1833 — Oct. 29, 1904 —
. . . Map (db m222387) HM
5 Colorado, Weld County, Evans — 5 — Evans
Construction of the Denver Pacific Railroad, linking Denver and Cheyenne, stopped here for the winter of 1869, and a town was begun. It was named Evans in honor of the second territorial governor, John Evans, builder of the Denver Pacific. According . . . Map (db m119612) HM
6 Colorado, Weld County, Evans — Evans / Dearfield / Colonies and Crusaders / Evans Country
Evans Centrally located, in the midst of one of the finest and most productive sections of northern Colorado;...occupying a position on the river and railway convenient to the business centre of the territory; and commanding other . . . Map (db m140091) HM
7 Colorado, Weld County, Firestone — Fort Junction
This memorial is the property of the state of Colorado. — Two Hundred feet due east of this point stood Fort Junction a sod enclosure erected in 1864 by the pioneers of Boulder and St. Vrain Valleys . . . Map (db m119519) HM
8 Colorado, Weld County, Fort Lupton — Fort Lupton
This memorial is the property of the State of Colorado Due west ¼ mile is the site of Fort Lupton Established in 1836 by Lieut. Lancaster P. Lupton A rendezvous of the early . . . Map (db m119520) HM
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9 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — #3 Ditch Marker
Water entered this #3 Ditch, 9 miles long, June 10, 1870. March 13, 1875 Union Colony deeded to the town of Greeley water supplied by Ditch #3 for the sum of $488.00. In 1882 this ditch was deeded to the Greeley Irrigation Company . . . Map (db m119613) HM
10 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — A Camp 202 Prisoner
On March 3, 1943, during World War II, German Sergeant Erich Geissler was wounded in North Africa, captured by the English, and then transferred to the Americans. The prisoners were shipped to Norfolk, Virginia, where they boarded a train for Camp . . . Map (db m120520) HM
11 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Agriculture
After his 1820 expedition west, Stephen H. Long reported that the region was "a Great American Desert...uninhabitable by those depending on agriculture for their subsistence." The transformation of this area into one of the nation's premier . . . Map (db m222162) HM
12 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Buckingham Gordon BuildingBuilt 1907
This building was constructed in 1907 by G. H. Gordon and George W. Buckingham of Boulder. Businesses which have been located here include Clough Furniture Company, Hibb’s Clothing, and the Home Light and Power Company. This structure reflects . . . Map (db m222289) HM
13 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — German Prisoner of War Camp 202March 13, 1944 - February 28, 1946
These pillars mark the spot where 2,000 German soldiers were incarcerated for security reasons in the last years of World War II. The first occupants of this 320 acre camp, surrounded by tall barbed wire fences, were German-Austrian . . . Map (db m120527) HM
14 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Greeley Business District
During the 19th century, downtown Greeley served a population of 2,000 and consisted of one block of 8th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The first two buildings on 8th Street were the Emerson and West Bank and Monk's Boots and Shoes, followed . . . Map (db m222046) HM
15 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Greeley Historic Overview
In the late 19th century, Greeley, Colorado was known as the "city of fine homes" as well as for its fine commercial and institutional structures. A wide range of late 19th and early 20th century architectural styles including religious, . . . Map (db m222156) HM
16 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Greeley P.O.W. Camp 202
These stone gateposts are remnants of the entrance gate into Greeley Camp 202, a World War II prisoner of war (POW) camp located directly north, housing approximately 3,000 German and Austrian prisoners. This "small city" accommodated 3,600 . . . Map (db m120523) HM
17 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Greeley Union Pacific Railroad Depot
The Greeley Union Pacific Railroad Depot was designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and built in 1930. During the dedication ceremony, Union Pacific President Carl Gray said, "There is not much economic justification for the building of . . . Map (db m222047) HM
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18 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Immigration
Discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains in 1859 lured thousands of prospectors to the area eventually known as the Colorado Territory. This first wave of fortune seekers triggered the development of farms, ranches, businesses, and railroads . . . Map (db m222040) HM
19 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park was established during the founding of Greeley in 1870. It represents successful town planning and urban design efforts by Greeley's founders. The 10-acre park was designed initially to be the cultural and social focus of the city. . . . Map (db m222038) HM
20 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Masonic TempleBuilt 1927
William Bowman designed this building for Greeley’s Masonic Lodge in 1927. Greeley’s Occidental Lodge No. 20 A.F. & A.M. was established in November 1870, and the group met in various locations until this temple was built, including in the Greeley . . . Map (db m222265) HM
21 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — POW Camp #202Stone Gateposts — Built 1943 —
In 1943, the Army Corps of Engineers purchased 320 acres of Ray Abbott's wheat field and constructed POW Camp #202 for German World War II prisoners. Prisoners arrived in 1944 and lived here and worked on farms in the surrounding area. They were . . . Map (db m120525) HM
22 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Replica of the Statue of Liberty
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States The Boy Scouts of America dedicate this replica of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty 40th Anniversary . . . Map (db m177075) HM
23 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — State ArmoryBuilt 1921-22
Designed by John J. Huddart and Greeley architect Sidney Frazier, the State Armory served as the training facility for the Greeley unit of the Colorado National Guard and housed sporting events and community activities. It served as a morgue when a . . . Map (db m203417) HM
24 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — The Pioneer Fountain
Was built in 1907 over the first artesian well drilled in Greeley. The well furnished water for many families until further well drilling stopped the flow.Map (db m222263) HM
25 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Transportation
A railroad link between Denver and Cheyenne was privately financed in 1869 by Territorial Governor John Evans and other businessmen. In 1870, Greeley was established halfway between the two western boom towns on the Denver Pacific Railway, which . . . Map (db m222159) HM
26 Colorado, Weld County, Greeley — Weld County Court House
The Weld County Court House was designed by architect William N. Bowman, with construction beginning in 1915 and dedication celebrated on July 4, 1917. The building cost $414,000 and was financed entirely by taxes without a bond issue. The . . . Map (db m222032) HM
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27 Colorado, Weld County, Grover — Corner Common to Nebraska and Wyoming on the Colorado State Boundary
Oliver N. Chaffee, U.S. astronomer and surveyor, established this corner monument August 17, 1869, at intersection of the forty-first parallel of north latitude with the twenty-seventh degree of west longitude (west of Washington, D.C.). Art . . . Map (db m68071) HM
28 Colorado, Weld County, Loveland — 256 — LovelandColorado
During its brief but colorful life, Mariano Medina's toll bridge and trading post overflowed with high living and tall tales from the proprietor's fur-trapping days. Built on the Big Thompson River in 1858, astride what would become the Overland . . . Map (db m89279) HM
29 Colorado, Weld County, Nunn — 7 — The Denver Pacific Railway
When the Union Pacific Railroad decided to go through Wyoming instead of through Colorado, many people moved from the territory. Denver itself was shrinking. Former Governor John Evans rescued Colorado Territory by promoting a connecting railroad . . . Map (db m119614) HM
30 Colorado, Weld County, Pierce — Pierce, Colorado
Named Nov. 8, 1869 in honor of General John Pierce, then President of the Union Pacific R.R. Pierce was a watering stop for the steam locomotives. A box car was used for the first telegraph office, the depot, and U.S. Post Office. Cattle, sheep, . . . Map (db m203401) HM
31 Colorado, Weld County, Platteville — Fort Vasquez
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 . . . Map (db m89596) HM
32 Colorado, Weld County, Platteville — Fort Vasquez
Established in 1837 by Louis Vasquez and Andrew W. Sublette. Maintained until 1842 as a post for trade in buffalo robes and beaver skins with Arapahoes and Cheyennes. Rendezvous of early trappers. Emigrant station on Platte River Trail after . . . Map (db m89597) HM
33 Colorado, Weld County, Platteville — Fort Vasquez / Fort Vasquez Country
Fort Vasquez As trappers and explorers, Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette helped build the lucrative fur trade. But by 1835, when they raised Fort Vasquez midway between Fort Laramie and Bent's Old Fort along Trapper's Trail and . . . Map (db m120215) HM
34 Colorado, Weld County, Platteville — Fort Vasquez Trading Post1835 — Welcome - Bienvenido - Bonjour —
You are standing at the north edge of a historic adobe fort of the fur trade era, founded by Andrew W. Sublette and Pierre Louis Vasquez in 1835 to support trade with the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. These men and their fellow trappers were . . . Map (db m89619) HM
35 Colorado, Weld County, Raymer — New Raymer Centennial1888 ☆ 1988
Raymer townsite purchased Feb. 8, 1888 - Emma Courtright - $187.09. Sold Oct. 6, 1888 - $1000.00 Lincoln Land Co. 1st Election – Fall 1888. 1st Post Office – Sept. 28, 1888. 1st newspaper, Raymer Ranger – Mar. 15, 1888. Spring 1889, 1st five . . . Map (db m222300) HM
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36 Colorado, Weld County, Rockport — Majestic Plains
On these widespread plains blown clean by the wind and rains large herds of buffalo roamed and gained in number. Then the warriors of Indian tribes hunted them for food and skins. Later white men came to trap beaver in the prairie channels and the . . . Map (db m119615) HM
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Sep. 29, 2023