Platteville, Co. was founded in 1871. Platteville lies adjacent to the Platte River between the northeastern Colorado hubs of Greeley and Fort Lupton. The town's historic value is best captured at Fort Vasquez, a 1830s fur-trading post situated along the river. Now restored by the Colorado Historical Society, the fort includes living quarters, a barn, and trade rooms. The decaying adobe structure was rebuilt using a few original walls, and now exhibits and artifacts help recreate the intertwining lives of Native Americans and early Colorado traders and mountain men.
The local cemetery, Mizpah Cemetery, is home to a few famous people, such as Rattle Snake Kate. Rattle Snake Kate was famous for killing over two hundred rattlesnakes and turning their skins into a dress, which is on display in a Greeley museum.
Famous Events/Festivals: Platteville celebrates the harvest season every August. The name of the harvest festival has changed many times over the years, and is currently called, simply, Harvest Daze. Map: Platteville
Region: Northern Front Range Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 15.5 miles from Greeley, 8.4 miles from Milliken, 9.1 miles from Fort Lupton, 9.6 miles from Firestone, 10.7 miles from Johnstown, 11.8 miles from Frederick
Elevation: 4,825 feet
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