Fort Lewis 2

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Other Names: Cantonment La Plata, Cantonment on the Rio La Plata

Dates used: 1880 - 1891

Location of Fort: Fort Lewis, CO

Use: Military

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Established in July 1880 on the right side of the La Plata River west of Durango to replace Fort Lewis 1.  The post was to prevent white encroachment into the Ute Indian reservation and to protect white settlers in the area.

For more information see:

American Forts Network (internet)

Encyclopedia of Historic Forts

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