Originally built in 1836 by Lancaster Lupton, a graduate of West Point Military Academy, the fort (originally called Fort Lancaster) was one of four fur-trading forts once located in Weld County.
In 1988, the South Platte Valley Historical Society (SPVHS)was formed and talk of rebuilding the fort began. It wasn’t until 2004, however, that the project officially took off when SPVHS members began rebuilding the fort. “It was to be a living history fort, as authentic as possible and built without government funds,” the SPVHS web site reads. “Eight years, 25,000 volunteer hours and $220,000 later, the fort was finished in mid 2012.”
Today, visitors can enjoy numerous events throughout the year at the fort including Trappers Days, Heritage Fair, Donelson House Teas, and Independence School Classes.
Please visit www.spvhs.org to learn more about the fort and for information regarding public events.