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National Society Daughters of the
Uncompahgre Valley Chapter
Chief Ouray and wife Chipeta between 1865
Courtesy Library of Congress
Ute Woman, circa 1915 by William J.
Library of Congress
The mission of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
is to promote patriotism, historic preservation, and education.
Uncompahgre Valley Chapter History
The Uncompahgre Chapter was chartered on 1 November 1909, just a few
years after Montrose, Colorado was founded in 1882. These DAR ladies were
instrumental in acquiring the land where Chief Ouray and Chipeta had settled;
later donating the land to the Colorado Historical Society where the historic
Ute Museum was established. On 18 October 1956, the old DAR chapter was
But, in 1993, a group of ladies decided to charter a new DAR chapter.
Since they could not use the same chapter name, and since they were drawing
members from the entire Uncompahgre Valley, they asked for (and were granted)
the same name, by just adding the word "Valley." And what a great valley it is,
encompassing the Uncompahgre Plateau, the Uncompahgre River, and Uncompahgre
Peak in the nearby San Juan Mountains (just to list a few namesakes.)
The Uncompahgre Ute Indians left their legacy in the name 'Uncompahgre'
pronounced Un-com-PAH-gray, and means "Where Water Makes Rock Red."
San Juan Mountains --
Photo courtesy Carolyn Wallace
Revolutionary War Cannon
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