Hayden Report: 1877

The description of Gunnison’s Ford in the Roubidoux Bottoms:

Ferdinand V. Hayden

“From this point to the ford of the Gunnison is 28 miles. The road keeps along the western bank, or near it, to a point about half a dozen miles from tyne mouth of the Uncompahgre, where it leaves, it and bears off northwestward to the Gunnison, which it crosses at the mouth of Roubideau’s Creek. A sketch of the ford is given showing width and depths in September. In spring and early summer this ford is too deep to be practicable. The bottom is of pebbles and is perfectly hard. There are plenty of cottonwoods on each shore for the construction of rafts. There are good camping-places on each side of the river at this point; also all along the Uncompahgre.”

Note: By 1877 there was no trace of Fort Uncompahgre by the government expeditions traveling through the area.


Hayden, 1877, pg 348.