A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 68

Northern Colorado has been home to many cultures and people, including the Arapaho, and a well-known member of the nation named “Chief Friday”.

Geological surveyor F.V. Hayden encountered Friday in 1859 or 1860 in what is now the State of Wyoming. But by 1861 Friday and his band were relocated on the Cache la Poudre River, occasionally traveling to the Big Thompson Valley as well.

In July 1862 the Friday band was camped on the north side of the Poudre River, opposite the F.W. Sherwood Ranch. In June of the following year Friday and his group, and another band of Arapaho under Many Whips, were seen in the Poudre Valley. By August of 1863 Friday was seen near Fort Laramie, to sign a treaty along with Northern Arapaho chiefs Black Bear and Roman Nose.

The agreement stipulated that the signers would abide by any treaty made by their people, the Northern Arapahoe. Given the fact they had made no treaties to that time the agreement was null and void.

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A Voice of Colorado No. 147 Version 5.0:

In 1860 the well-known mountain man, Mariano Medina, and his family, along with a small group of Spanish settlers returned to the Big Thompson Valley area. He acquired land near The Big Thompson River, and established the community of Namaqua, named for the town post office. Eventually Namaqua would give away to Loveland, CO. A small cemetery and a park marked the approximate location of Namaqua.