Fort Lupton (1869, 4,914 feet) traces its origins to a fur trade fort established in 1836 by Lancaster P. Lupton, a West Point graduate who left the army to join the fur trade. The adobe outpost along the South Platte River was abandoned in 1844, but the farm center established about a mile south in the 1860s boomed after Great Western opened a sugar beet plant (1920, James Stewart and Company). Abandoned in 1953, the plant was dismantled in 1966. Other agribusiness and surrounding oil and natural gas fields have sustained this town.
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