Fort Morgan, Colorado

Fort Morgan is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Morgan County, Colorado, United States.[7] The United States Census Bureau estimated that the city population was 10,844 in 2005.[8]

Fort Morgan, Colorado

eponym: 1865 Army fort
The Fort Morgan City Hall
The Fort Morgan City Hall
Location of Fort Morgan in Morgan County, Colorado
Location of Fort Morgan in Morgan County, Colorado
Coordinates: 40°15′12″N 103°47′57″W / 40.25333°N 103.79917°WCoordinates: 40°15′12″N 103°47′57″W / 40.25333°N 103.79917°W
Country United States
State Colorado
IncorporatedJune 15, 1887[2]
 • TypeHome Rule Municipality[1]
 • MayorRon Shaver[3]
 • Total4.92 sq mi (12.75 km2)
 • Land4.85 sq mi (12.57 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)  1.32%%
4,324 ft (1,297 m)
 • Total11,315
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,338.35/sq mi (902.93/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP codes[6]
80701 & 80705
Area code(s)970
FIPS code08-27810
GNIS feature ID0204722
WebsiteCity of Fort Morgan


Fort Morgan

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,[9] 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 soldiers).


Lincoln School (Fort Morgan, Colorado)
Lincoln School at 914 State Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the location of the School for the Performing Arts.

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.[10]

Fort Morgan State Armory
The Fort Morgan State Armory is used as a town recreation center.

In World War II, a military school at the Fort Morgan State Armory was part of the West Coast Air Corps Training Center.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201611,348[5]0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[13] 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 3.32.

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 Somalia.[14]


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 Francisco.

Although the town is served by Fort Morgan Municipal Airport, no scheduled airlines operate from there. Denver International Airport is 76 miles southwest and is the closest airport to provide scheduled services.

Major Highways


The city newspaper is the Fort Morgan Times.[16]

Notable people

Fort Morgan is the burial place of 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 an elementary school.

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, former 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.[17]

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 war.[18]

Sam Brunelli, football player.

Elvin C. Drake was head track and field coach for the 1956 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins.[19]

Brenton Metzler is a TV producer. He moved to Fort Morgan at the age 16 and graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 1997.[20][21]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  3. ^ "Terry L. McAlister". City of Fort Morgan. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  4. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 23, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2007.
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Colorado". 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. Archived from the original (CSV) on October 15, 2006. Retrieved November 17, 2006.
  9. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 129.
  10. ^ Jennifer Patten, In View of the Mountains: A History of Fort Morgan, Colorado (Aged Page, 2011).
  11. ^ Futrell, Robert F. (July 1947). Development of AAF Base Facilities in the United States: 1939-1945 (Report). ARS-69: US Air Force Historical Study No 69 (Copy No. 2). Air Historical Office. p. 108 (pdf 117). The West Coast Training Center…during 1942 it had obtained jurisdiction over other contract schools at…Fort Morgan, Colo. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ Julie Turkewitz (March 7, 2016). "Prayer Dispute Between Somalis and Plant Reshapes a Colorado Town, Again". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  15. ^ CDOT map of the City of Fort Morgan
  16. ^ Fort Morgan Times website
  17. ^ "Joel Dreessen Thinks Playing For The Broncos Will Take Him To Next Level". World Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  18. ^ Smith, David (December 3, 2006). "King of the techno-thriller". The Observer. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  19. ^ John Cherwa (December 25, 1988). "Ducky Drake, Father of UCLA Athletics, Dies". Los Angeles Times.
  20. ^ Yost, Mike (2014-05-22). "Gay Coloradan talks coming out, moving to Los Angeles, and working as a TV producer". OUT FRONT. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  21. ^ Barker, Dan (2012-01-06). "FMHS grad Brenton Metzler produces 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'". Fort Morgan Times. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
Brenton Metzler

Brenton Metzler is an American television producer. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle along with the rest of the crew of the HGTV show Elbow Room. He had a leading role in the documentary F(l)ag Football (2015).

Channel 19 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 19 in the United States:

K10JW-D in Verdigre, Nebraska

K14MI-D in Niobrara, Nebraska

K16KR-D in McAlester, Oklahoma

K19AA-D in Altus, Oklahoma

K19GS-D in Rural Beaver, etc., Utah

K19IC-D in Eureka, California

K19II-D in Ardmore, Oklahoma

K19IP-D in Flagstaff, Arizona

K19IR-D in Enid, Oklahoma

K19JA-D in Cortez, Colorado

K19JX-D in Yakima, Washington

K20KE-D in Fort Morgan, Colorado

K34IB-D in Decatur, Nebraska

K45LH-D in Red Lake, Minnesota

K50IO-D in Neligh, Nebraska

KBBV-CD in Bakersfield, California

KCPT in Kansas City, Missouri

KDMI in Des Moines, Iowa

KEPR-TV in Pasco, Washington

KGBS-CD in Austin, Texas

KGRF-LD in Gila River Indian Co, Arizona

KHDF-CD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KIPB-LD in Pine Bluff, Arkansas

KJII-LD in Lincoln, Nebraska

KJRE in Ellendale, North Dakota

KKTW-LD in St. Cloud, Minnesota

KMBY-LD in Templeton, California

KOBS-LD in San Antonio, Texas

KPDR-LD in Salt Lake City, Utah

KQCW-DT in Muskogee, Oklahoma

KQRE-LD in Bend, Oregon

KTEJ in Jonesboro, Arkansas

KUES in Richfield, Utah

KUOT-CD in Oklahoma CIty, Oklahoma

KUVS-DT in Modesto, California

KVCT in Victoria, Texas

KWBQ in Santa Fe, New Mexico

KWKS in Colby, Kansas

KWWE-LD in Lake Charles, Louisiana

KXNE-TV in Norfolk, Nebraska

KYTX in Nacogdoches, Texas

KZUP-CD in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

W19CO-D in Pensacola, Florida

W19DV-D in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

WAPW-CD in Abingdon, etc., Virginia

WCAV in Charlottesville, Virginia

WCLL-CD in Columbus, Ohio

WCSC-TV in Charleston, South Carolina

WDCQ-TV in Bad Axe, Michigan

WDNI-CD in Indianapolis, Indiana

WDSF-LD in Montgomery, Alabama

WDXA-LD in Florence, South Carolina

WEYW-LP in Key West, Florida

WFND-LD in Findlay, Ohio

WGCT-LD in Crystal River, Florida

WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama

WHOI in Peoria, Illinois

WKPT-CD in Kingsport, Tennessee

WKPT-TV in Kingsport, Tennessee

WKPZ-CD in Kingsport, Tennessee

WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina

WMAH-TV in BIloxi, Mississippi

WODR-LD in Wausau, Wisconsin

WOIO in Shaker Heights, Ohio

WOPI-CD in Bristol, Virginia/Kingsport, Tennessee

WPCW in Jeannette, Pennsylvania

WPED-LD in Jackson, Tennessee

WUEM-LD in Athens, Georgia

WUNM-TV in Jacksonville, North Carolina

WVGN-LD in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

WXIX-TV in Newport, Kentucky

WXOW in La Crosse, Wisconsin

WYFX-LD in Youngstown, Ohio

WYSJ-CA in Yorktown, Virginia

WZMQ in Marquette, MichiganThe following television stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly operated on virtual channel 19:

WAPG-CD in Greeneville, Tennessee

WAZE-TV in Madisonville, Kentucky

WCDC-TV in Adams, Massachusetts

Chuck Baltazar

Charles S. "Chuck" Baltazar (born May 22, 1947 in Fort Morgan, Colorado)

is a retired American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who rode regularly from 1964 to 1990. After retiring he became a participant in Western disciplines as a non-professional in National Reined Cow Horse Association events.

Colin Martindale

Colin Martindale (March 21, 1943 – November 16, 2008) was a professor of psychology at the University of Maine for 35 years.

Martindale wrote and did research analyzing artistic processes. His most popular work was The Clockwork Muse (1990). Martindale argued that all artistic development over time in written, visual and musical works was the result of a search for novelty.Martindale was awarded the 1984 American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Behavioral Science Research.

Colorado State Highway 144

State Highway 144 is a 28.7 mi (46.2 km) long state highway in northeastern Colorado.

Colorado State Highway 52

State Highway 52 (SH 52) is a 111 mi (178.6 km) long state highway in northeastern Colorado.

Don Mullison

Don "Tuffy" Mullison (July 4, 1924 – September 13, 2014) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Colorado State University from 1956 to 1961. Mullison played football for the Colorado A&M Aggies in 1942 before serving in the Pacific during World War II. He returned to Colorado A&M in 1946 playing until 1948 and was a member of Bob Davis' Raisin Bowl team. A champion wrestler also, Mullison returned to Colorado A&M as the assistant line coach in football in 1952. He helped Davis guide the 1955 Aggies to the Skyline Conference championship in 1955 before being named the head coach of football in 1956. He coached the football program until he was fired in December 1961.

Dustin Jacoby

Dustin Jacoby (born April 4, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist and kickboxer. In kickboxing, he has competed for GLORY, and in MMA, he has competed for the UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting, and Titan FC. He has fought as both a Light Heavyweight and a Middleweight. As of 1 November 2018, he is ranked the #8 middleweight in the world by Combat Press.

Fort Morgan (Colorado)

Fort Morgan, first called Camp Tyler and Camp Wardwell, was established in the present-day city of Fort Morgan in Morgan County, Colorado as a U.S. military post in 1864. It operated until 1868. There is a historical marker in a city park in remembrance of its history.

Fort Morgan State Armory

Fort Morgan State Armory is a historic 1922 armory building in Fort Morgan, Colorado, Morgan County, Colorado. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. It was designed by John J. Huddart. It is located at 528 State Street and is being used as a recreation center.

Fort Morgan Times

The Fort Morgan Times is a daily newspaper in Fort Morgan, Colorado. It has been published by Prairie Mountain Publishing, a unit of MediaNews Group, since 1996, when it was acquired by Hollinger.

Fort Morgan station

Fort Morgan is an Amtrak intercity train station in Fort Morgan, Colorado. The depot was originally built by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in the early 20th century.

Joel Dreessen

Joel Clifford Dreessen (born July 26, 1982) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado State.

Dreessen has also played for the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.


KFTM (1400 AM, "Hometown Radio 1400") is a radio station broadcasting a classic hits format. Licensed to Fort Morgan, Colorado, United States, the station is currently owned by Media Logic, LLC and features local programming and information from Fox News Radio.

Morgan Community College

Morgan Community College (MCC) is a community college in Fort Morgan, Colorado. It is a member of the Colorado Community College System. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Morgan County, Colorado

Morgan County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,159. The county seat is Fort Morgan. The county was named after old Fort Morgan, which in turn was named in honor of Colonel Christopher A. Morgan.

Morgan County comprises the Fort Morgan, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Rutherford Decker

Rutherford Losey Decker (May 17, 1904 – September 1972) was a United States politician, a longtime member and a Presidential nominee of Prohibition Party in 1960, and the President of the National Association of Evangelicals from 1946 to 1948.Decker was born in Elmira, New York. He was a missionary at the American Baptist Home Mission Society, and preached in Fort Morgan, Colorado and in Denver, Colorado. He also preached at the Temple Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, until he retired in the 1960s.A lifelong resident of Missouri, he was nominated for President with party chairman Earle Harold Munn as his running-mate.

Decker and Munn finished fifth with 46,203 (0.07%) votes (and not one electoral vote). Munn succeeded Decker as a presidential nominee in 1964. They appeared on ballots in 11 states: Alabama, Delaware, Michigan, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Kansas, Indiana and Montana. Decker and Munn did not receive over 1% of the vote in any of these states.

Ryan Jensen (American football)

Ryan Jensen, (born May 27, 1991) is an American football center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Sam Brunelli

Samuel Aldino Brunelli (born December 13, 1943) is a former American football offensive lineman who played six seasons with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Colorado State College and attended Weldon Valley High School in Weldona, Colorado.

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