Ovid, Co. rests in the far northeast corner of Colorado near the Nebraska border. While its modern amenities are limited to a couple of restaurants, a grocery and a gas station, the town remains historically significant. Ovid's claim to fame is Fort Sedgwick, a small military post that was once located across the South Platte River from Ovid.
Named for General John Sedgwick, who led Union military campaigns into the area, Fort Sedgwick was built on the Platte Trail and was used as a military outpost from 1864 to 1871. Since the neighboring town of Julesburg was a hotbed of feuding between White settlers and Native Americans, Fort Sedgwick was often used as a hideout, even for local residents who watched Julesburg burn to the ground in 1865. Fearing additional attacks from Native Americans who were outraged over the bloody Sand Creek Massacre, the local military used the fort to protect all types of passengers traveling along the Overland Trail.
Region: Northeast Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 164.8 miles from Greeley, 8.6 miles from Julesburg, 26.8 miles from Holyoke
Elevation: 3521 feet
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