Bryson Brug
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April 17, 2014
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Weld County flag flies over Fort Vasquez Museum

It might surprise you to find out that there is a flag for Weld County.

The reason this isn’t well known is because the Weld flag only flew over Weld County government buildings until April 8, when it was first raised over the Fort Vasquez Museum.

The museum commemorates the Fort Vasquez Trading Post, at 13412 U.S. 85, which was established in 1835 as a fur trading post.

It was the first permanent structure built along the South Platte River and was also the first licensed business in Weld County. The fort was abandoned in 1842 and its walls eroded.

In 1935, reconstruction efforts began and the site became a museum. In 1958, the title to the property went to History Colorado.

After a 2005 restoration, three flagpoles were installed. Two of the poles held the Colorado and U.S. flags, but the third pole had remained empty.

William Crowley, operations coordinator for History Colorado — Fort Vasquez, decided something needed to be put up there.

“I considered some different flags,” Crowley said. “But the Weld flag fits perfectly here. This was the first licensed business in Weld County, and now it’s the first non-government business to fly the Weld flag.”


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