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Unformatted text preview: ement than the cities of Denver, Boston, Atlanta, and St. Louis — combined. Before Greeley became a meatpacking town, it was a utopian community of small farmers. It was founded in 1870 by Nathan Meeker, a
newspaper editor from New York City who wanted to create a city in the American West dedicated to agriculture, education, mutual aid, and
high moral values. Meeker named the idealistic new settlement after his boss at the New York Tribune, Horace Greeley, who had given some
career advice that proved legendary: “Go west, young man.” The town of Greeley, Colorado, eventually thrived, becoming a major producer
of beans and sugar beets. But Nathan Meeker did not live long enough to enjoy its success. In 1879, Meeker got into a dispute with a group
of Ute Indians, who killed him and then scalped him.
For many years the farmers of Greeley held themselves apart from local ranchers, at one point building a wooden fence around the town
to keep cattle out — a fence fifty miles long. During the Depression, when commodity prices hit rock b...
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