FORT MORGAN is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and
the most populous municipality of Morgan County,
Colorado , United
States . The
Census Bureau estimated that the city
population was 10,844 in 2005.
* 1 History
* 2 Demographics
* 3 Economy
* 3.1 Transportation
* 3.2 Major Highways
* 4 Media
* 5 Notable people
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Lincoln School at 914 State Street is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places and is the location of the School for the
Camp Wardwell was established in 1865 along the
Overland Trail to
protect emigrants and supplies going to and from
Denver and the mining
districts. The fort was renamed in 1866 by General John Pope for one
of his staff, Colonel Christopher A. Morgan, who had died earlier
that year. The fort closed in 1868 after being used by 19 different
companies from 11 cavalry and infantry regiments(about 1,300
The town of Fort Morgan was platted just south of the old military
fort’s ruins on May 1, 1884, by Abner S. Baker, a member of
Greeley's Union Colony. The town became the county seat of the newly
formed Morgan County on February 19, 1889. The Fort Morgan State
Armory is used as a town recreation center.
World War II
World War II , a military school at the Fort Morgan State Armory
was part of the
West Coast Air Corps Training Center .
As of the census of 2000, 11,034 people, 3,887 households, and
2,736 families resided in the city. The population density was 2,472.1
people per square mile (955.2/km²). The 4,094 housing units averaged
917.2 per square mile (354.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was
74.43% White, 0.28% African American, 1.01% Native American, 0.18%
Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 20.62% from other races]], and 3.24%
from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 39.04%
of the population.
Of the 3,887 households, 37.5% had children under the age of 18
living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 10.9%
had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were not
families. About 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals,
and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was
In the city, the population was distributed as 30.2% under the age of
18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and
13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years.
For every 100 females, there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females
age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,128, and for a
family was $36,134. Males had a median income of $27,667 versus
$22,346 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,024.
About 8.9% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the
poverty line , including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those
age 65 or over.
Fort Morgan, for the most part, has an agricultural economy.
Cargill operates a meatpacking plant . As of 2016, many of the
employees at the plant were Muslims, many from
Amtrak , the national passenger rail system, provides service through
Fort Morgan , operating its
California Zephyr daily in both directions
between Chicago and
Emeryville, California , across the bay from San
Although the town is served by Fort Morgan Municipal Airport, no
scheduled airlines operate from there.
Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport is
76 miles southwest and is the closest airport to provide scheduled
* INTERSTATE 76 connects Fort Morgan to
Denver , located 82 mi (132
km)southwest. To the northeast, Fort Morgan is linked with Interstate
Big Springs, Nebraska , via Sterling,
* BUSINESS LOOP 76 runs parallel to Interstate 76 , on Platte
Avenue, reaching Brush in the east.
* US 34 runs east-west from Granby,
Colorado , to Berwyn, Illinois
, passing through
Iowa . In
Colorado , it connects Fort
Morgan to Greeley and Loveland .
* STATE HIGHWAY 52 starts at Main Street Fort Morgan and goes north
to State Highway 14 , near New Raymer . It also serves Fort Morgan
* STATE HIGHWAY 144 runs northwest from downtown, eventually
swinging south to meet Interstate 76 west of Wiggins .
The city newspaper is the
Fort Morgan Times .
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Fort Morgan is the burial place of
Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick , where he was
interred alongside his twin sister who died in early childhood.
Fort Morgan is the boyhood home of Big Band musician
Glenn Miller .
Miller went to high school in Fort Morgan and was known to have once
played trumpet on top of Abner S. Baker School, since destroyed in a
fire and now rebuilt, which at the time was the high school campus,
but is now reserved for fifth and sixth graders.
Robert G. Whitehead (1916–2007) was born in Fort Morgan to a
ranching family. He marketed the first-aid ointment known as "Blue
Star". Some 50 million jars are sold annually. The product claims to
offer relief from psoriasis , ringworm , athlete\'s foot , and various
kinds of itching .
Joel Dreessen , tight end for the
Denver Broncos , grew up in Fort
Morgan and attended Fort Morgan schools. He graduated from Fort Morgan
High School in 2000.
Michael Crichton lived in Fort Morgan for a short time during World
War II with his family when his father was drafted to serve in the
Sam Brunelli , football player
Elvin C. Drake was head track and field coach for the 1956 NCAA
UCLA Bruins .
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