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  • Meeker

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    Named for Nathan Meeker, the Indian Agent who was killed by Utes in an uprising at the White River Indian Agency in the fall of 1879, the town of Meeker was established soon after his death as a group of Army buildings. It was formally incorporated in 1885 and has developed into a hub for ranching and hunting in northwest Colorado.   
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  • The Meeker Massacre

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    A reproduction of a sketch of soldiers surveying the damages after the fire and battle with the Ute Indians that broke out on September 29, 1879 at the White River Indian Agency. Nathan Meeker and his eight male employees were killed during the fighting, and his wife and daughter were taken hostage.
    The Meeker Massacre
  • Meeker Memorial Markers

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    The citizens of Rio Blanco County, Colorado erected these memorial markers in 1927 at the site of the White River Indian Agency where Nathan Meeker and eight of his employees were killed. A native granite stone with a bronze plaque was placed in memory of the men lost on September 29, 1879.
    Meeker Memorial Markers
  • Nathan C. Meeker

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    Nathan Meeker was determined to change the traditional horse culture of the Ute, and his patronizing treatment of the Ute helped set the stage for the Battle of Milk Creek and the Meeker Massacre in 1879. Though killed in the conflict, the military buildings constructed to house troops along the White River soon became the town of Meeker.
    Nathan C. Meeker
  • Aerial Photograph of Meeker

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    The small community of Meeker, Colorado sits 255 miles west of Denver, nestled close to the Flat Tops and adjacent to the White River. With a population of around 2,500, the area is primarily known for ranching, with cattle and sheep still being raised in large numbers in the pastoral meadows near Meeker.
    Aerial Photograph of Meeker

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References: 

Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, Oil and Gas in the Rockies: Wildcatters and Legends (Denver: Hart Energy, 2006).

Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988).

Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex (New York: Random House, 2001).

Robert Silbernagel, Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2011).

Town of Meeker

White River Museum

Additional Information: 

Ricki Buckles, A History of the Upper White River Country: Meeker, Colorado (Self-published, 2005).

Peter Decker, The Utes Must Go! American Expansion and the Removal of a People (Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 2004).

Meeker community site

Rio Blanco Historical Society

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000).

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