Meeker is a small town with Wild West roots that celebrates its rural heritage.
That deep-rooted heritage is what has made Meeker a historic destination for visitors from around the world. “People need to get out and explore new places in Colorado,” said Stephanie Kobald, executive director of the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, adding that Meeker has a lot more to offer than most think. Historically, the area has been known best for two battles: the Meeker Massacre and the Battle of Milk Creek. In the early 1800s, white settlers came into conflict with the Northern Ute tribe as they competed for land and other resources. Many soldiers and Utes died in those battles, including Nathan Meeker and the employees of the White River Indian Agency.
The sites of both battles are easily accessible by car and marked by historic memorial parks.
The Meeker Massacre site is located two miles north of the intersection of Colorado Highways 64 and 13. A few building foundations of the White River Indian Agency remain on the south side of Highway 64 and a monument shows the place where Nathan Meeker died.
To reach The Milk Creek Battle site, drive toward Craig on Colorado Highway 13. Turn onto County Road 15 and go 17 miles. The site is marked by a large sign and three monuments have been erected.
Stop by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, 710 Market St., or go to meekerchamber. com for a map to the sites.