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This website has been the work of myself, Sara L. Brooks with the input and cooperation of many people and resources. I am a media specialist in an elementary school. I earned a MA in Information and Learning Technologies from CU Denver in 2002. I began teaching back in 1986.

Greeley History began in July 2002 and has grown a lot since that time. I do a lot of research to create this website. Even after living in Greeley since 1976, there was a lot I didn't know. Each year I learn something new about Greeley. I read a lot of books, read newspaper stories, talk with the museum experts, take classes and visit lots of places. It is a fun learning experience. History is always facinating. I hope that the site becomes a useful resource for teachers and students. It is a continuing work in progress. These credits show why you can trust the information that you learn here.


MapQuest. May 3, 2002. <>.

Weld County Map
Weld County. May 27, 2008. <>.
Topo Map
GlobeXplorer. May 3, 2002. <>.
Linn Grove Cemetery Field Trip Map was created by modifying the cemetery map.
City of Greeley. Linn Grove Cemetery 2011. June 2011. Permission granted for use on July 14, 2011 by Joel Hemesath. Public Works Director. City of Greeley.

1870 Map of Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. Mitchell, Samuel Augustus. Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado.R.A. Campbell:Chicago. 1870.

Various Other Colorado Maps
Scott, Steven L., Collins, Charles O., Diggs, David M. Atlas of Colorado: A Teaching Resource. University of Northern Colorado. 2003.

Map of Greeley for Creating Grid Maps
The City of Greeley’s GIS. < Reference/CityBaseMap-web.pdf> 2012. Permission for use given July 30, 2013 by Brian P. Sullivan GIS Manager City of Greeley.

Information on Various Pages and Topics


Peters, Mike. Shawsheen Historic Figure In Greeley. Greeley Tribune. April 25, 2002. < >.

Ute Susan Photograph. Denver History Museum. November 24, 2002. <>.

Shawsheen, Josephine Meeker, and The White River Massacre
Silbernagel, Robert. Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes From Colorado. The University of Utah Press:Salt Lake City. 2011.

Indian life: As Described by Miss Meeker in Her Lecture About Her Ute Captivity. The Burlington Daily Newspaper. December 5, 1879. Accessed December 31, 2012. (Newpaper Archives)

Hatch-Wyss, Thelma. Bear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl. Margert K. McElderry Books: New York. 2005.
Shawsheen's Rescue Article from 1879
Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection. Colorado Transcript. Squaw Susan's Send-Off. December 17, 1879.<> July 9, 2013.


Peters, Mike. Meeker Killed On Western Slope. Greeley Tribune. April 25, 2002. <>.

Peters, Mike. The Obituary Of Nathan Meeker: Written As It Would Appear Today. Greeley Tribune. April 25, 2002. <>.

Rio Blanco County Historical Society. The Meeker Massacre and the Battle of Milk Creek. July 22, 2012. <>

Rattlesnake Kate

Cumming, Anne. Stories of a Legend. Greeley Tribune. July 28, 2002. <>.

Bator, Tannis . Storytelling of Rattlesnake Kate. August 2002.

Miller-Soltero, Eileen Miller, Family Stories. email. March 2, 2010.

Rattlesnake Kate's House
Peters, Mike. City Buys Rattlesnake Kates Home. Greeley Tribune. July 28, 2002.<>.

Story About Rattlesnake Kate in Caldwell, Texas Newspaper
Smith, G. A.. The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger (Caldwell, Tex.), Vol. 52, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 18, 1937. Caldwell, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed December 31, 2012.

Rattlesnake Kate's Death
Briggs, Jim. Legend of Rattlesnake Kate; She Earned the Title the Hard Way. Greeley Tribune. October 9, 1969. Accessed December 30, 2012. (Newspaper Archives)
El Paso Herald StoryAbout Rattlesnake Kate
Cowan, Cal. Woman Tells of Killing 140 Rattlesnakes in Battle of Horror on Farm in Colorado. El Paso Herald. April 7, 1949. Accessed December 30, 2012. (Newspaper Archives.)

Greeley Hatworks
Jackson, Bill. Perfect Fit. Greeley Tribune. October 14, 2001. <>.

WD Farr
Highlights on W.D. Farr
Jackson, Bill. Highlights on W.D. Farr. Greeley Tribune. August 14, 2007). <>.
Family's Farm Morphed into One Hill of a Greeley Neighborhood
Ford-Waldo, Peggy A.. Historical Hindsights: Family's Farm Morphed into One Hill of a Greeley Neighborhood. Greeley Tribune. April 2, 2010. <>.
Farr, H. Richard. Personal Letter. January 25, 2012. Loveland, Colorado.
Number 3 Ditch
Number 3 Ditch
Peters, Mike. More than a ditch, No. 3 is a lifeline. Greeley Tribune. May 15, 2009. <>.
City of Greeley Museums. Windows of Time: The History of The No. 3 Ditch. DVD. 2006
Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith was a rare female architect in early 1900s
Blackburn, Caroline. Historical Hindsights: Bessie Smith was a rare female architect in early 1900s. Greeley Tribune. March 26, 2010. <>,
Bessie Smith Lived in Teller County
Year: 1900; Census Place: Precinct 26, Teller, Colorado; Roll: 129; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0124; FHL microfilm: 1240129.
Bessie Smith Married and Moved to San Diego
Year: 1920; Census Place: East San Diego, San Diego, California; Roll: T625_130; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 243; Image: 843.
Bessie's Death Record
California, Death Index, 1905-1929 > A, Yi-Emerson, George > Image 369 of 853.>
Dr. Ella Mead
Greeley's First Housing Boom
Peters, Mike. Greeley's First Housing Boom. Greeley Tribune. May 4, 2003. <>.
Camp, Dulcie and Kellums, Betsy. Greeley, Colorado: History and Architecture of its Downtown Buildings. City of Greeley Historic Preservation Office. Second Edition, 2006.
Woman City Physician, The Bryan Democrat, December 7, 1905.
Nichol, Chris. Doctors, Disease and Dying in the Pikes Peak Region. Pikes Peak Library District. November 15.2012.
Psyche Boyd
Stull, Joanna Luth. Female Entrepreneur in the Union Colony. Greeley Tribune. May 18, 2012. <>.
Photo ©Greeley Museums

Fred P. Noffsinger

Ford-Waldo, Peggy. Historical Hindsights: Wartime Economy, Innovation Caused Potato Renaissance in Greeley. Greeley Tribune. April 26, 2013. <>

Sunrise Neighborhood Historical & Architectural Context Report. City of Greeley. December, 2011.

Photo courtesy of Janet Davis.

Weld's Highway of History
Peters, Mike.Weld's Highway of History. Greeley Tribune. May13, 2001. <>.
Greeley Train Depot
Ghosts of Greeley: City has its fair share of haunted history
Ghosts of Greeley: City has its fair share of haunted history
. Greeley Tribune. October 31, 2010.<>
Chamber of Commerce
Greeley Independence Day Stampede
Greeley, Colorado: The Historical Picture Album. Greeley Tribune and Greeley Museums. Piedmont Publishing.Portland, Oregon. 1997.
Dugan, John. Greeley and Weld County. Donning Company. Norfolk, Virginia. 1984.
Lopez, Judy and Lopez, Gabriel and Ford, Peggy A. White Gold Laborers. Arthur House. Bloomington, Indiana. 2007.
Greeley Museums

Centennial Village
Centennial Village Museum Visitor Guide.

Official City Website
Visitors' Bureau
Downtown Greeley
Green, Larry. Pillars of POW Camp. KCNC-CBS4. October 30, 2005.
Java Script provided by Jesse Sarles Web manager, KCNC-CBS4.
Peters, Mike. Construction crews relocate last remnants of German POW camp. Greeley Tribune. September 9, 2008 <>.
Kellums, Betsy, World War II on the Home Front: Prisoner of War Camp 202, Greeley, Colorado, Historic Preservation Office. July 25, 2011.
Rennaker, Eric and Kimberling, James. Greeley An All American City. DVD. 2011.
DVD created and produced by Northern Colorado Upward Bound program.
Greeley Museums. Centennial Village. 1475 A Street Greeley, Co 80631. summer 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011.
Greeley Museums. Houston Gardens. 515 23 Avenue Greeley, Colorado 80631 . summer 2002.
Greeley Museums. C.O.Plumb-White Farm. 955 35 Avenue Greeley, Colorado 80631. summer 2002.
City of Greeley. Linn Grove Cemetary. 1700 Cedar Avenue Greeley, Colorado 80631 . summer 2002, summer 2011.
City of Greeley. Meeker Home Museum. 1324 9th Avenue Greeley, Colorado 80631. summer 2002.
City of Greeley. Greeley History Museum. 714 8 Street Greeley, Colorado 80631. summer 2005, summer 2011.
Armstrong, Bill. Curator of Education and Living History. Greeley Museums. Greeley Colorado. January 7, 2013. (updated museum information and contacts)

East Memorial and The Crossing
School Transportation News.
Vaughn, Kevin. The Crossing. Rocky Mountain News. Denver, Colorado. March 14, 2007. (Available for $3.00 at Sema's Store at Centennial Village.)
Arellano, Roxye. Memorial to be Dedicated at The Crossing. Greeley Tribune. August 3, 2007.<>

Here is the original series The Crossing hosted by the Denver Public Libary. Please, ask permission before using any of the materials on the site. Preview before sharing with students.

The Fence
Eads, Samantha. Historical Hindsights: The infamous cattle break of 1872. Greeley Tribune. Greeley, Colorado. February 9, 2012.
Spanish Colony
Lopez, Jody and Lopez, Gabriel with Waldo-Ford, Peggy. White Gold Laborers; The Story of Greeley's Spanish Colony. Author House. 2007.
Weather Banner
Weather Underground. 14, 2005).
Flipbook., IRA, Marco Polo.March 30, 2006.
Ray Tschillard. Professional Development Classes. Poudre Learning Center. 8313 F Street, Greeley Colorado. (2007, 2009, 2011)

Elbridge Gerry
Grimm, Steve. Elbridge Gerry. August 26, 2011.<>

Elbridge Gerry
Armstrong, Bill. Historical Hindsights: Elbridge Gerry - Pioneer - Rancher - Indian Trader - Was "The Savior of Colorado." Greeley Tribune. August 26, 2011. August 26, 2011. <>
Agriculture in Greeley
Brown, Eric. Raised in Weld: LIVESTOCK, DAIRY INDUSTRY DRIVING FORCES OF WELD AGRICULTURE. Greeley Tribune. September 24, 2011.<>
Historic Photos Credits

Historic Photos
Copyright Permissions Page

Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library. Various URLs from this server. Each photo has the individual URL listed with the photo. To see a list of the URLS from the days that they were added. Click here.
Copy of the Permissions Page

Native Photo from source above.
Chamberlein, W.G. Ouray, Chipeta, Piah. Denver Public Library. November 24, 2002.<> Copyright

Shawsheen and Her Husband Photo.
Chamberlain, William Gunnison. "Ute Young Woman, Susan or Sarah, Sister of Chief Ouray, and Her Husband, Both in Partial Native Dress 1870."
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland. August 7, 2011. SPC BAE 4605 01603603, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution <!siarchives&uri=full=3100001~!40749~!0#focus>

Josephine Meeker and Mrs. Price Photo and Josephine Meeker's Obituary
Taylor, James E. (Artist). "Flora Price, Her Two Children, and Josephine Meeker, All Taken Captive with Josephine's Mother, Arvilla, After Battle of Milk Creek, 1879, and Murder of Nathan C. Meeker, Josephine's Father and Indian Agent at White River Agency 1879." National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland. August 7, 2011. SPC BAE 4605 01603604, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. <

Elbridge Gerry Photo
Cragin, Professor Francis W. Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum. <>. (August 26, 2011)

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum
Starsmore Center for Local History
Colorado Springs, CO USA

Meeker Family Photos, Fullerton, Catherine. July 16, 2012.

Greeley Grays
The Greeley Grays. July 29, 2005. <>.
Irazarri, Alex. Grays a Part of Players. July 29, 2005. <>.
Gabriel Lopez conversation about the Greeley Grays and the Gipson School in the Spanish Colony. Photographs of the Greeley Grays and Gipson School courtesy of Gabriel Lopez. Permission granted for educational use by Gabriel Lopez with credit given.

Circus Men at Linn Grove Cemetery
Greeley Woman Works to Give 'Ten Circus Men" From 1884 Tragedy a Name
Peters, Mike.Greeley Woman Works to Give 'Ten Circus Men" From 1884 Tragedy a Name. Greeley Tribune. 26, 2011)

Pfeif, Sherri.Unnamed Circus-Train Fire Victims Get New Headstone. Greeley Tribune. December 30, 2011. December 30, 2011.<>

Roasted to Death in a Car. New York Times. August 30. 1884.December 30, 2011.<>

Growing Up With Greeley. Weld School District 6 Social Studies Curricullum.
How A Town Starts. Weld School District 6 Social Studies Curricullum.
A Million Grasshoppers
David Boyd. A History: Greeley and the Union Colony of Colorado. Greeley. Kendall Printing Company. 1890.
Kristy Passard for illustrating How Rattlesnake Kate Got Her Name.
Elijah Rodgers for posing and participating in events for pictures and movies.
Keri Voigt for the pictures of the early Greeley History Museum.
Christine Sallee for sharing all of her Greeley History materials collected through the years.
Aaron McGuire for help in making the Timeline Page and the Title Graphic.
Pat Otto for sharing her resources that she used with her third graders.
Peggy Hoerner and Caroline Street for reminding me about the "Haunted Train Depot" story.
The Staff at Centennial Village, Plumb Farm, City Museum and the Meeker Home for allowing me access for picture taking. Especially Sheryl Kippen. Education Coordinator, City of Greeley Museums, 2005 for her help with finding information about Bessie Smith.
Apple iPhoto for some slideshow templates and music. Apple Keynote for most slideshow templates. Apple iMovie for some movie templates and music.
A special thanks to Mrs. Tiffany McCall (Heiman Elementary) and all of the third graders from 2001-2002 at Jackson Elementary who inspired this project.
Tiffany McCall asked me to work with her third graders to make Hyperstudio Stacks on Greeley History. The project alerted me to the lack of materials the kids and teachers had to work with; therefore, I began to put together this Web Unit. Tiffany is also a volunteer at Centennial Village. Thanks, Tiffany, for getting me started!
Updated on February 11, 2012


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