I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, were in Fort Morgan. We previously told you about the great park there. Yesterday we showed you the famous Rainbow Arch Bridge. Today let’s look at the museum.
The eastern plains of Colorado were populated with Native American Indians.
This museum has many displays about the Native Americans and the buffalo. Then things changed in 1881 and 1882 when the railroad arrived.
The Union Pacific and the Burlington Route brought people and supplies to the Fort Morgan area. Soon there were towns and a larger military presence.
The citizens of Fort Morgan and vicinity have always been ready to serve the United States. During World War II, Fort Morgan Municipal airport housed one of the US Army’s Glider Schools. Students learned to handle gliders by utilizing small, single engine aircraft and performed dead stick landings.
Student soldiers from across the nation called Fort Morgan home for the 6-week training period.
Like many small towns, the local drug store and soda fountain were a gathering place for all ages.
One of those teenagers was Glenn Miller. Glenn Miller was born in Iowa but moved to Fort Morgan with his family. He played left end on the Fort Morgan High School football team. In 1920 Glenn was named Best Left End in Colorado. Glenn is probably the most famous graduate of Fort Morgan High School. Glenn loved music.
The museum has an area dedicated to Glenn Miller.
Later The Glenn Miller Orchestra became one of the most popular bands of the big band era. This museum shares a building with the Fort Morgan library. We liked this museum and we think you would like it too. When you are on I-76 Fort Morgan would be a great stop for you.