Welcome to downtown Julesburg. Photo: J. Stephen Conn
Julesburg is the northeast “Gateway To Colorado”, if entering from Nebraska on I-76. It’s both the county seat and largest city of the tiny Sedgwick County. The 2010 U.S. Census recorded a town population of 1,225.
The town got its start as a stagecoach station on the Pony Express Trail, 1860–1861, from Missouri to California. It was also the home of Fort Rankin, which later became Fort Sedgwick.
As retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre, one thousand Cheyenne, Arapaho and Lakota warriors attacked Julesburg on January 7, 1865. They defeated about 110 US Army and Civilian soldiers and later burned the settlement.
Pony Express Trail – This 1900 mile long national historic trail passes from Missouri to California, with 26 miles of trail in Colorado.
Things to do near Julesburg
- Fort Sedgwick