"Old" Sterling dates to the early 1870s, when displaced southern families moved in and planted fields of wheat. Later, "new: Sterling flourished as a rail, ranching, and farming community. Here on the treeless high plains, settlers found shelter in sod houses - universally and affectionately called "soddies." One pioneer remembered: "The great thickness of the walls and their perfect joining with the early itself provided a shelter so cozy and proof against the extremes of either heat or cold that [no one] who had once lived in one cared to abandon it completely." Living in their earthen homes, these sodbusters created the great South Platte farm belt stretching from Denver to Julesburg, with Sterling at its very heart. Though cattle were the mainstay of the region's economy, in the early 1900s sugar beets emerged as a major crop. Sterling's population boomed again in the 1950s when oil was discovered. From trail days to today, Sterling continues to play an important role in northeastern Colorado.
|Series||This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series|
|Placed By||Colorado Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7:33pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 653929 N 4498187|
|Decimal Degrees||40.62018333, -103.18016667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 37.211', W 103° 10.81'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 37' 12.66" N, 103° 10' 48.60" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 102 Riverview Rd, Sterling CO 80751, US|
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