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History of Browns Park

Archaeological studies at Browns Park show that prehistoric people were present as much as 8,000-10,000 years ago. These people probably visited the area to hunt big game. By approximately 3,500 years ago, the valley was being used by prehistoric farmers to grow corn.

In 1832, on land that would later become part of the Refuge, Fort Davy Crockett was built for trading with native tribes. Later, the area was settled by ranchers, and it was frequented by outlaws.

Although most of the evidence of these early inhabitants is archaeological, there are a number of historic log cabins still standing. For example, Lodore School and 2-Bar Ranch are listed on the Register of National Historic Places. For more information on Refuge history, please see the historical brochure.

Two Bar Ranch with a rainbox in the background

Last updated: March 7, 2011

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Browns Park NWR
1318 Hwy 318
Maybell, CO 81640
(970) 365-3613
brownspark@fws.gov

   

 

Browns Park NWR • 1318 Highway 318
Maybell, CO 81640 • 970.365.3613
brownspark@fws.gov

America's National Wildlife Refuges . . .
where wildlife comes naturally!