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Fort Collins: The Military Years Tour

    • While the Civil War raged in the East, the U.S. Army continued to grapple with its oldest foe, the American Indians, in the West. Along the Oregon route in Wyoming in early 1862, Native American tribesmen, disturbed by the increasing presence of Euro-Americans and perhaps emboldened by a spatially dispersed enemy, stepped up their resistance. As a result, the mails as well as many wagon trains were detoured to a new road south.

      This van tour highlights the military presence in the Cache la Poudre River valley and its significance to the Indian Wars and westward migration movement. Learn too, about Army life on the frontier and how this remote outpost named Camp Collins spawned the later foundation of its namesake town.