Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan (HMVUO)

Location: Fort Morgan, CO 80701 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 16.044', W 103° 48.076'

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Junction Station, the first settlement at this site, suffered numerous Indian attacks similar to those that raged all along the South Platte during the mid 1860s. To protect the crucial crossroads, which joined the South Platte River Trail with its Denver cutoff, the U.S. Army established Camp Junction in 1864. In 1866 Fort Morgan, roughly the size of a city block, was completed. The post defended the trail, but traffic soon shifted north to the transcontinental rail corridor, and Fort Morgan was abandoned in 1868. Sixteen years later Abner S. Baker founded the present-day town and named it after the old battle station. Today one of eastern Colorado's most important cities, Fort Morgan has anchored life on the plains for more than a century.

Rainbow Arch Bridge
From the day of its opening in August 1923, Rainbow Arch Bridge drew praise for its visual elegance; when, twelve years later, it withstood a devastating flood with nary a shudder, the span gained fame for its sturdiness, too. The first bridge to employ James B. Marsh's popular open-spandrel design, Rainbow Arch survived a second flood in 1965, but its narrow roadway couldn't keep up with the rising tide of Fort Morgan's traffic. City officials reluctantly closed the beloved structure in 1987, but after a five-year rehabilitation effort Rainbow Arch reopened to pedestrians and bicyclists in 1996. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 1,100-foot bridge remains one of the longest and grandest of its type.

Series This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series
Marker Number224
Year Placed1999
Placed ByColorado Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 12:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 601924 N 4458125
Decimal Degrees40.26740000, -103.80126667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 16.044', W 103° 48.076'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 16' 2.64" N, 103° 48' 4.56" W
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Area Code(s)970, 303
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 755-799 Curry St, Fort Morgan CO 80701, US
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