Elbert’s Short and Quiet Stint

Honoring the 150th Anniversary of Colorado Territory (officially formed February 28, 1861), this series of posts offers a brief glimpse into Indian affairs during the terms of the seven territorial governors.

Samuel H. Elbert was the sixth Territorial Governor, serving one year (1873-1874) which was a fairly quiet time in Indian relations.
          Special Indian Agent James B. Thompson, based at Denver, reported that small bands of Utes “visit Denver nearly every week, from October to April…either on their way from the agencies, at White River and Los Pinos, to the buffalo grounds…or for the special purpose of disposing of the furs and skins they have taken in the chase, and to supply thenselves with the means of continuing their hunt.” The Indian Bureau did not authorize agents to pay for housing the Utes when they passed the city and Thompson said they were not welcome in the public-houses (hotels). They Indians depended on charitable Denver residents who might give them food and shelter.

Quoted text from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1874

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