Saturday, June 16, 2007

Council Tree


The sign Reads:

This cottonwood tree has been designated a Colorado landmark by the Capt. John Gunnison chapter D.A.R 1437 and dates back to around 1802. A Ute Indian Trail from the Uncompahgre Plateau to Grand Mesa once passed nearby.

This tree was dedicated in memory of Chief Ouray and his wife Chipeta who strove to promote peace between the Utes and the white man. Chief Ouray met with white settlers under this tree. Chipeta was said to have been the only Ute Indian woman ever permitted to sit in council meetings. Ouray died Aug 4, 1880.

Delta County Historical Society 3/87

To get a feeling as to how big this thing is, compare it to the tire tracks to the right of the tree.

4 comments:

Chad Oneil said...

It's massive, man.

Dan said...

I don't know about you, but I am really suprised how much stuff like this can be found in a small town when you just start looking for it. I am finding things that I had no idea existed, and I've lived here for 8 years!

photowannabe said...

Huge and strong like the history you talk about.

Keropok Man said...

this tree looks unique.
it is huge too.