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    Major Lafayette Head with his son George and wife Maria Juana.
    Lafayette Head and family
  • Colorado Ute Indian Delegation, 1868

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    Major Lafayette Head, standing sixth from right, with the delegation of Colorado Ute Indians as well as government officials in Washington, DC, to discuss the Treaty of 1868.
    Colorado Ute Indian Delegation, 1868
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    Portrait of Lafayette Head identifying him as “corner man,” which meant he was responsible for placing cornerstones.
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References: 

Frederic J. Athearn, Land of Contrast: A History of Southeast Colorado, Cultural Resources Series, Number 17 (Denver: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1985).

"Major Lafayette Head," Pioneer Interviews Collection (Denver: US Civil Works Administration, 1934).

Steven F. Mehls, The Valley of Opportunity: A History of West-Central Colorado, Cultural Resource Series, Number 12 (Denver: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1988).

Forbes Parkhill, "Colorado's First Survey," The Colorado Magazine 33, no. 3 (July 1956).

Paul O'Rourke, Frontier in Transition: A History of Southwestern Colorado, Cultural Resource Series, Number 10 (Denver: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1992).

Melissa Shipp, "Knights Templar Sword," Luther Bean Museum (Alamosa, CO: Adams State University, 2008).

R. Laurie Simmons and Thomas H. Simmons, "Saguache Downtown," National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form (Denver: National Park Service, 2014).

Mark Thompson, "The Politician Who Bridged the 37th Parallel," Office of the State Historian of New Mexico.

Additional Information: 

Legislative History, Colorado State Archives.

San Luis Flour Mill Grinding Stone, San Luis Valley Museum Association.

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The San Luis Valley: Land of the Six-Armed Cross, 2nd ed. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 1999).

Southern Ute Tribe History and Chronology

US Territorial Period, Office of the State Historian of New Mexico

Videos, San Luis Valley Museum Association.

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