A Moving Story

A Moving Story (HMVVC)

Location: Julesburg, CO 80737 Sedgwick County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 56.329', W 102° 21.704'

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When Jules Beni established his trading post here in the mid-1850's, he unknowingly set the stage for a series of four towns that would bear his name. Strategically located at the Upper California Crossing of the South Platte River, the first Julesburg supplied the needs of settlers and immigrants on their way west.

The "Earie" Tale of Jules Beni
History remembers Jules Beni as a disreputable character. The stage line fired him after accusing him of theft and other illegal activities. He fought several gun battles with Joseph A. "Jack" Slade, a supervisor with the stage line. Slade eventually killed Beni and allegedly cut off his ears - nailing one to a fence post and using the other as a watch fog. Slade was later lynched for "disturbing the peace."

The unsavory reputation surrounding Julesburg and its namesake prompted an unsuccessful attempt to rename the town "Overland City."

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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 6:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 722098 N 4535317
Decimal Degrees40.93881667, -102.36173333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 56.329', W 102° 21.704'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 56' 19.74" N, 102° 21' 42.24" W
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Area Code(s)308, 970
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14485-14999 Co Rd 28, Julesburg CO 80737, US
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