White River Indian Agency (Colorado)

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United States Gotoarrow.png American Indians Gotoarrow.png Colorado Gotoarrow.png Indians of Colorado Gotoarrow.png White River Indian Agency (Colorado)

Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency

Grand River Ute, Uinta Ute, Yampa Ute


The White River Agency, known as the Middle Park Agency from 1862 to 1869, was located at Fort Thornburgh, Colorado and served the Uncompahgre Band of Ute Indians. In 1879, a group of Ute men killed the agent, Nathan Meeker and the agency offices were burned. This agency was never rebuilt and the Indians it served were removed to the Uintah Valley in Utah, about 140 miles west of the White River site.


Correspondence and other administrative records may be a part of the records of the Colorado Superintendency. Some agency records were likely burned with the agency buildings in 1879.


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