Orchard (1882, 4,400 feet) grew up near a large cottonwood grove shading the South Platte River, where Lieutenant John C. Frémont and a party of twenty-six men camped in 1842. Thereafter known as Frémont's Orchard or just Orchard, this tiny town starred as one of the sets in the television miniseries based on James A. Michener's epic novel about Colorado, Centennial (1976). The original town buildings were augmented with plywood facades covered in foam brick siding. Some of these sets remain, in deteriorating condition.
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