- Morgan County Info
- Morgan County History
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Morgan County Area Arts Council (970) 867-2363
Morgan County Concert Association (970) 867-2561
Fort Morgan Lions Club
REGULAR MEETINGS EVERY FRIDAY
SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAY
COUNTRY STEAK OUT
REGULAR MEETINGS EVERY TUESDAY
FORT MORGAN ELKS
REGULAR MEETINGS 2ND AND 4TH THURSDAYS
FORT MORGAN ELKS
Sunrise Optimist Club
REGULAR MEETINGS 1ST AND 3RD TUESDAYS
Brush School District
Centennial BOCES (970) 867-8297
Colorado State University Extension Office
Fort Morgan School District
Migrant Education Newcomers Academy (MENA)
Morgan Community College
Morgan Community College’s Adult Basic Education
Morgan Community College’s Workplace Education
Weldon Valley School District
Wiggins School District
Morgan County Tourism Panel
County Express Public Transportation (970) 867-6494
OMC is a community integration initiative serving the residents of Morgan County, Colorado—a rural agricultural county in northeastern Colorado with a population of approximately 29,300 people. Morgan County, Colorado was formed in 1889 from part of Weld County. The county seat is in Fort Morgan and other cities and towns include Brush, Wiggins, Log Lane Village, Snyder, Hillrose and Weldona. Morgan County is primarily a rural entity located on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, with Weld and Logan Counties to the north, Washington County to the east, Adams County to the south and Weld County to the west. Measuring 36 miles long and 36 miles wide, the county encompasses 1,296 square miles. Morgan County is 36th among Colorado counties measured in square-miles. It includes many irrigated and dry land farms as well as beef, sheep and dairy ranches.
OMC acknowledges the history of immigration in the area. Morgan County has a rich and diverse history with settlers from all over the world calling it home. In 1884, Fort Morgan was settled as an off-shoot of the Union Colony and its English and Canadian settlers. Following the silver crash of 1893, Italian miners from Silver Plume, Colorado became farmers in Weldona. Brush was started as a cattle town. With the support of land companies and the Homestead Act, Danes and Norwegians were recruited to call Morgan County home in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Between 1905 and 1925 the sugar beet industry enticed German Russians to come to the Morgan County area. They worked as laborers to grow and harvest the cash crop. In the 1920s German Russians started to buy farm land and needed laborers so recruited Hispanics from New Mexico and Texas. Between 1930 and 1960 Mexican laborers were brought to the area through the Bracero program to work. During World War II, the Governor of Colorado invited Japanese ousted from California to relocate here. In the mid 1960s, American Beef built a beef-packing plant which later became Sterling Beef, then Excel Beef Corporation and now Cargill Meat Solutions. The beef-packing plant has ushered in many different immigrant populations to Morgan County for work that is labor intensive, requires minimal English skills and pays a relatively good wage plus benefits. These immigrant populations have come from all over the world including Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and more.
Morgan County experiences both transient immigrant populations and those who choose to stay for multiple generations. Over the years different immigrant populations have experienced different acts of discrimination and abuse. OMC recognizes the changing cultural environment of our county. We strive to embrace and grow with those changes and thereby foster a different reality for newcomers now and in the future.
This information was compiled by Brenda Zion, OMC Coordinator; edited by the OMC Transition Team; and fact-checked by Fort Morgan Museum staff in January 2009.