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Tales from the Tread: Park dedication honors lives lost

Attendees gather for the Milk Creek Battlefield Park dedication Sept. 26 in Meeker.

If you go

What: “The Utes Lose Their Homeland” with author and historian Peter Decker

When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10

Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library, Library Hall

Cost: Free

I had the distinct honor and privilege of attending the Milk Creek Battlefield Park dedication Sept. 26 in Meeker. This site is best known as the place where Maj. Thomas T. Thornburgh was killed along with other soldiers in a battle with the Ute Indians from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 1879. Less known is the circumstances that led to this battle and the catastrophic losses sustained by the Ute people, losses that went far beyond the tragic deaths during those infamous days.