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.
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