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Beef Industry on the Colorado Plains

Added by yongli on 06/15/2021 - 14:47, last changed on 11/12/2022 - 09:50
Colorado’s beef industry traces its roots back to the latter half of the nineteenth century, when cowboys drove cattle across the plains in some of the most iconic imagery of the American West. However, the state’s modern beef industry did not begin until after World War I , when stock raisers...

Coal Mining in Colorado

Added by yongli on 02/16/2021 - 13:06, last changed on 11/02/2022 - 22:39
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, coal mining was the most important industry in Colorado. Coal mines served as the crucibles of empire, churning out the fuel needed to power the railroads, precious-metal mines , and smelters that helped develop the region. They were also...

Dearfield

Added by yongli on 06/02/2017 - 13:05, last changed on 10/25/2022 - 19:52
Established on May 5, 1910, by a young entrepreneur named Oliver Toussaint Jackson , Dearfield was an agricultural colony for Black people about twenty-five miles southeast of Greeley . For two decades nearly 700 Black people worked to transform the rolling desert hills into a thriving farm...

Front Range

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:06, last changed on 11/27/2022 - 08:58
The Front Range is a corridor of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding land stretching 200 miles from the Wyoming border on the north to the Arkansas River on the south. The western border of the Front Range consists of a collection of high mountain ranges, from the Medicine Bow and Laramie Mountains...

Greeley

Added by yongli on 06/19/2018 - 13:33, last changed on 11/02/2022 - 05:48
Greeley is a growing community of 100,000 people along the Front Range in northeastern Colorado. Founded as an agricultural colony in 1870, the city has an economic, political, and cultural reach that extends far beyond its municipal borders. Greeley is the county seat of Weld County , one of the...

John Wesley Iliff

Added by yongli on 10/11/2021 - 14:22, last changed on 10/11/2021 - 14:22
If there is a name in Colorado history that is synonymous with cattle and ranching, it is John Wesley Iliff (1831–78). At the time of his death, Iliff owned approximately 35,000 head of cattle and thousands of acres stretching from northeast Colorado to Wyoming. His method of ranching forever...

Ken Buck

Added by yongli on 07/08/2020 - 15:44, last changed on 10/26/2022 - 09:44
Ken Buck (1959–) is an attorney and politician from Weld County . He represents Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District in the US House of Representatives, an office he has held since 2015, winning reelection in 2016 and 2018. Since March 2019, Buck has served as head of Colorado’s Republican...

Nathan Meeker

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 14:44, last changed on 11/12/2022 - 18:41
Nathan Cook Meeker (1817–1879) was an agriculturalist, newspaper editor, and Indian agent. He founded the Union Colony at present-day Greeley as well as the city’s oldest newspaper, the Greeley Tribune . In 1878 he was appointed Indian agent of the White River Agency in northwest Colorado. He was...

Oliver Toussaint Jackson

Added by yongli on 09/29/2016 - 14:47, last changed on 11/11/2019 - 10:24
Oliver Toussaint “O. T.” Jackson (1862–1948) was an entrepreneur and prominent member of black communities in Denver and Boulder during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1910 he founded Dearfield , an-all black agricultural settlement some twenty-five miles southeast of Greeley...

Painter Family

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 11:00, last changed on 11/02/2022 - 05:48
The Painter was a prosperous ranching family in Colorado during the early 1900s. Even though ranching went into universal decline following a brutal winter in 1886, the Painter family remained successful due to equal parts luck, persistence, and scientific management of their cattle herds. They...

September 2013 Floods

Added by yongli on 06/09/2020 - 14:45, last changed on 11/02/2022 - 22:39
In September 2013, Colorado’s Front Range , from Fort Collins south to Colorado Springs , experienced some of the most dramatic and devastating flood s in state history. In the hardest-hit areas, the rainfall beginning September 9 and ending September 16 matched or exceeded annual averages. Across...

The Great Die Up

Added by yongli on 02/16/2021 - 13:40, last changed on 11/01/2022 - 23:42
“The Great Die Up” is one of three nicknames for the winter of 1886–87, when hundreds of thousands of cattle across the Great Plains died in harsh weather. The event changed the cattle industry forever, ending the practice of open-range grazing. Ranchers also called this weather event “The Big Die-...

Weld County

Added by yongli on 12/29/2015 - 10:51, last changed on 11/27/2022 - 09:12
Weld County is the largest county in northeastern Colorado, covering 4,017 square miles of the Great Plains and the South Platte River valley. One of the original seventeen counties in the Colorado Territory , it is named for Louis Ledyard Weld, the first territorial secretary. The county is...
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