Exploring the historic Colorado ghost town Dearfield. The Colorado ghost town, Dearfield is the untold story of Colorado’s Black American homesteaders who dreamed to create a “colony” for African Americans in the prairie of Colorado.
Dearfield is now a ghost town about 65 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado. Come explore the ghost town with us as we tell the history of this little know ghost town that is part of American Black history. A story and place that should be preserved and never forgotten.
Black American Community Dearfield Colorado GPS Coordinates: 40.2905° N, 104.2594° W
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So they pretty much we’re out here in the middle of nowhere there’s just there are not even farms, I’m not even seen farms as Mauro open-range for cattle, but we’ll see what we find. I first learned of these western settlements founded by African-American homesteaders. When I was traveling between Carlsbad and Roswell New Mexico, I stopped at a historical Road marker on the west side of the road. I was surprised when I read there was an all African-American settlement that once stood in this area.
I stepped out to the wide-open land with a telephoto lens trying to find any glimpse of the remains. I knew I had to know more about the history of this town. Not only did I find the history of this town called Blacktown, but I was pleased to find that there were many across the West with a concentration of settlements in Oklahoma, but the most exciting thing I learned was that there was one of these settlements. In my own backyard, so our next adventure we are going to go out just east of Greeley to a ghost town called Deerfield and that spelled de AR and in dear oh dear, and we’re gonna go check out what’s out there.
So this is what’s left of Deerfield we’re going to walk around there, trying to restore it. It has a historical marker and they’re doing their best to raise money to restore this wonderful historical site that very few people know about here in Colorado. The book by Booker T Washington up from slavery was published in 1901, the book advocated education in land ownership for African Americans. This was Oliver Jackson’s inspiration to build a farming community that was large enough to accommodate at least 200 families. In 1910 Jackson filed a claim for 320 acres in Wells, County Colorado and his dream of Deerfield became a reality.
By 1911, seven families called Deerfield home by 1915. The community included 44 wooden cabins hosting 27 families with 595 acres under cultivation. Well, I think that this he said that this fireplace that this is the room that that he passed in or lives his life, his life out in so looks like they had a cellar down there. So this was the blacksmith’s building. There’s the workbench right there weather has just really taken this place, so we believe that this used to be the gas station that was here, It’s all boarded up.
I think they had electricity at one point. So again you want to stab these buildings or historical landmarks and respect the land, the old paint. Sorry wet. What kind of utilities are these? that’s a brand-new irrigation system right there? Is it, except those are manual valves to see all the electrical wires. You know the timer probably been abandoned me: put roof tiles on it, trying to protect it. You get very strong winds out here and oh here, I’ll look at the old there’s like an old stove little bed back in there.
You think something chewed through that. What makes you think something cheap, actually a modern-day Jack somebody left in there mix all those bottles that are up there, that I cannae bottles and then There’s probably nice and bottle jars. There, too, that looks like an old Polaroid cartridge, an emptied old, Polaroid cartridge. You see it there on the end of the bed right there. It’s a shame.
They put plexiglass up under one of these windows to help protect it from the winners It’s hard to see in there at least you can see, but you can see in. Let me see all the window panes this might have been. This is a I’m trying to figure out what was the dining hall, I’m glad to see that they’re really trying to protect us. It’s a part of history. It’s got a newer door on it. I think they did all this security for the windows up these people out of here. Obviously, tagging them, just you know people you don’t need to go into a place and tag it. It’s just pretty immature.
This is history. I need to preserve these places. You know it’d be nice if these realtor’s, I know people are trying to sell their houses down the road, but this is a historical place. Put it over there. You know, really it makes it look like the town is for sale. Now you can see down here’s the buildings we were just in and we’re pretty much, I’m pretty sure this was Jackson’s store, further down the road, so the town extended down this far take a closer look. There was obviously some kind of building here, There’s a prior over there, weird bed in there see the box springs, should be so they’re warning of gente and snakes out here so we’re here in the winter.
So we really don’t have any snakes and the other is from Mouse to B. So you need to be out of these buildings really important. You know these are historical landmarks, so please respect that. So basically, when they first moved out here, didn’t have any structures felt they were living in ditches and dug ditches and they would put like 10 so wrong. It was cold, it was a harder first winter. You know they have like blizzards. They had to live through. Platte river is maybe five miles to the town to the north of here, and they would have to go up there and you can’t get their water.
They had the water all the farms around them already had beds and um, although the water rights, so they had no water rights and the depression hit and the dustbowl hit this area really really hard and it never recovered, and by the time I got into the 40S, it was one resident, so I think It’s really sad. When you go to these beauties and the RO stones, they just didn’t make it we’re studying like the worst land.
There were no water rights, It’s only like the temple Blacktown, but Roswell. It was the same thing to it and there were no structures there, but Nicodemus east of here in Kansas is still around this town of Deerfield right up a highway 34 make sure to catch. For all our videos on the beautiful Rocky Mountain State Colorado make sure to check out the links in the description they help support this channel and thank you so much for coming by. You have no idea how much we appreciate it.