Fort Crawford ~ Montrose County, Colorado
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 38° 22.627 W 107° 49.088
13S E 253824 N 4251418
Quick Description: This Colorado Historical Marker is located on the southeast side of US Highway 550 about 7 miles south of Montrose, Colorado.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 2/14/2013 5:43:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMGCEN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
Fort Crawford

Following the Meeker Massacre of 1879 and the ambush of Major T. T. Thornburgh's relief force, Colorado residents demanded the removal of the Ute Indians. A treaty was signed, but the Uncompahgre Utes proved defiant, and in July, 1880, the "Cantonment on the Uncompahgre" was established on this site to guard the settlers and pacify the Indians. After the Ute removal in 1881 the camp settled down to routine garrison duty. In 1886 the post was renamed Fort Crawford in honor of Captain Emmet Crawford, killed that year fighting Geronimo's Apache band. By the end of the decade the fort had outlived its usefulness. It was deactivated in 1890; the buildings were sold at auction, and the land was opened to settlement.

Erected by the State Historical Society of Colorado from the Mrs. J.N.Hall
endowment and by the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society.

Group or Groups Responsible for Placement:
State Historical Society of Colorado Mrs. J. N. Hall endowment Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society


County or City: Montrose County

Date Dedicated: 1966

Check here for Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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