Historic Fort Lupton

Historic Fort Lupton is located just west of the Town of Fort Lupton off of Highway 85 in Weld County.Located just west of the town of Fort Lupton off of Highway 85, this historic fort offers  visitors a chance to step back in time and experience life as it was in Weld County during the early 1800s.

Originally built in 1836 by Lancaster Lupton, a graduate of West Point Military Academy, the fort (originally called Fort Lancaster) was one of four fur-trading forts once located in Weld County.

Reconstruction of the fort was completed in 2012. Today, visitors can enjoy activities throughout the year at the fort including Trappers Days and the Heritage Festival.Lupton left the fort in 1844, and it was closed shortly thereafter.

In 1988, the South Platte Valley Historical Society (SPVHS)was formed and talk of rebuilding the fort began. It wasn’t until 2004, however, that the project officially took off when SPVHS members began rebuilding the fort. “It was to be a living history fort, as authentic as possible and built without government funds,” the SPVHS web site  reads. “Eight The Independence one-room school house is available for historical events and classes. years, 25,000 volunteer hours and $220,000 later, the fort was finished in mid 2012.”

Today, visitors can enjoy numerous events throughout the year at the fort including  Trappers Days, Heritage Fair, Donelson House Teas, and Independence School Classes.

Please visit to learn more about the fort and for information regarding public events.