Pioneers sought for Fort Uncompahgre event

By Press Release


"Pioneer Living History Days" is the theme for "Meet Me at The Fort" on the Old Spanish Trail, Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is looking for four-generation families that helped settle the Delta area. Those families will have an opportunity to visit Fort Uncompahgre July 23 and share their stories, old photos and family memorabilia. The fort will provide a free chuck wagon dinner to all attendees.

Families are also encouraged to bring their branding irons to brand a board that will be permanently displayed at the fort.

"We are interested in hearing stories about the pioneers of Escalante Canyon, the old Roubi-deau town site and cattle siding, Robidoux Bottoms where the original Fort Uncompahgre was located, the Old Spanish Trail and Salt Lake Wagon Road," said Chris Miller, manager of the interpretive center. "We want to hear stories about Wells Gulch and the old spring where folks stopped to rest their animals and water them before they headed up over Fools Hill ... stories about the Indians and Chief Ouray's camp on Dry Creek at the confluence of the Uncompahgre River. We know there are many more stories and we encourage you to come to the fort and share them."

The fort and the Delta County Historical Society are excited to offer this opportunity to share the pride of our history and heritage of Delta and the surrounding area.

For more information on how your families can participate, please contact either Chris Miller with Fort Uncompahgre at 640-7076 or Jim Wetzel with the Delta County Historical Society at 874-8721.