Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan Colorado
The historic Fort Morgan Bridge is located on Colo. 52 a mile north of the city. The 11-arch, reinforced-concrete Marsh Arch bridge was built in 1923 and spans the South Platte River. | Photo by Marek Uliasz /

Staff writer

About 85 miles east of Denver, the small town of Ft. Morgan rides the wind-blown high prairies.

The town of 11,000 is built just south of the site of Fort Wardell, built in 1865 to provide protection to settlers surging into the territory long the Overland Trail. In 1866, the fort was renamed in honor of Col. Christopher Morgan, who died while serving at the fort. The fort was closed in 1868 but during its brief service was home to 1,400 soldiers.

The town was platted just south of the fort in 1884 and became county seat for Morgan County.

Ft. Morgan’s agricultural identity is illustrated by some of the largest employers, which include a Cargill meat-packing plant, a Leprino Foods cheese factory, a Dairy Farmers of America milk-processing plant, and Erker Grain, one of the largest processors of sunflower seeds worldwide.

Fort Morgan Museum
Jackson Lake State Park
Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s grave
Quail Dunes Golf Course

Ft. Morgan facts
Population: 11,035 (2010 Census)
Land area: 3.93 square miles
County: Morgan County (Ft. Morgan is the county seat)
Altitude: 4,341feet above sea level.
Climate: Warm summers, cold winters and abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation is 13 inches, including average annual snowfall of 24 inches. Snow depth of 1 inch in January. January averages: high 39, low 10. July averages: high 89, low 59. More weather >>