Fort Uncompahgre
Trading post and fort
Nickname(s): 
Fort Robidoux
Fort Uncompahgre is located in Colorado
Fort Uncompahgre
Fort Uncompahgre
Coordinates: 38°44′58″N 108°04′25″W / 38.7494°N 108.0736°W / 38.7494; -108.0736Coordinates: 38°44′58″N 108°04′25″W / 38.7494°N 108.0736°W / 38.7494; -108.0736
CountryUnited States
StateColorado
CountyDelta
Nearest townDelta

Fort Uncompahgre was a fur trading post constructed in 1828 by Antoine Robidoux, a trader based out of Mexican Santa Fe. The post was situated about two miles down from the confluence of the Gunnison River and the Uncompahgre River, near the present day community of Delta, Colorado. Its design was more to secure goods and livestock than to be defensive,[1] and was abandoned in 1844 when hostilities broke out between Ute and Mexicans.[2]

A reconstruction of this fur trading post is open to the public,[3] although the precise location of the original site has been lost and little is known about the construction or layout of the fort.[1]

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References

  1. ^ a b "Fort Uncompahgre". Michael Schaubs. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. ^ O’Rourke, Paul. "Antoine Robidoux, Notorious Trapping and Trading Entrepreneur". Telluride Magazine. No. Winter/Spring 2009-2010. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Fort Uncompahgre". Southwest Colorado Heritage. Retrieved 21 November 2013.

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