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The history of the state’s original inhabitants: the Utes. Historians trace their origins from pre-colonial days and early interactions with American trappers and explorers through the escalating friction with new settlers and gold seekers, to their ultimate expulsion to reservations. The first reservations were established in the 1860’s, and the question of land rights remains a topic of dispute.
History Colorado aspires to engage people in our State's heritage through collecting, preserving, and discovering the past in order to educate and provide perspectives for the future. At the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, you can experience one of the most complete collections of Ute Indian artifacts in the nation.
Many of the photographs and images appearing in Colorado Experience were provided by the Denver Public Library's Western History/Genealogy Department. Their renowned online collection contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents that chronicle the people, places, and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States.
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