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Uncompahgre Valley Chapter


Chief Ouray and Wife Chipeta between 1865 and 1880. Author Mathew Brady or Levin Handy. Courtesy Library of Congress.
Chief Ouray and wife Chipeta between 1865 and 1880
Courtesy Library of Congress

Ute Woman and Tepee c1915 by William J. Carpenter. Courtesy Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-99803
Ute Woman, circa 1915 by William J. Carpenter
Courtesy Library of Congress

Ute Basket   Montrose, Colorado

The mission of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
 is to promote patriotism, historic preservation, and education.

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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 disbanded.

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 - Sept 2010 - Photo courtesy Carolyn Wallace
San Juan Mountains   --  Photo courtesy Carolyn Wallace

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