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Fort Lupton

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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.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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