A Fragile Balance
Native peoples successfully met the challenge of living on the dry plains of eastern Colorado. Mounted on swift ponies, Cheyennes, Arapahos, Kiowas, Comanches, Plains Apaches, and Shoshones moved across the land, hunting the great herds of buffalo. Brought to the plains by the Spanish in the sixteenth century; horses allowed the tribes unprecedented access to the wealth of the plains, but the resultant prosperity came with a price. Horses required grass—lots of it. with ten animals for each person, Indians were forced to constantly move to greener pastures, a serious problem when winter storms struck. Still, this rhythm of life proved successful until railroads, towns, ranches, and farms forever changed the relationship between native peoples and their high plains home.
|Series||This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series|
|Placed By||Colorado Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 9:14am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 731276 N 4538650|
|Decimal Degrees||40.96626667, -102.25158333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 57.976', W 102° 15.095'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 57' 58.56" N, 102° 15' 5.70" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||308, 970|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 20000-20752 Co Rd 28, Julesburg CO 80737, US|
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