Site of a protective fort in the U.S. pioneering days of settling the West
...& was called Camp TylerFort Morgan was built to protect the mail service & immigrants along the Overland Trail.The original fort was built in 1864-65...The camp's name changed to Camp Wardwell at this time.Original fort construction was done by "galvanized rebels" under the command of a Captain Williams.Indians were raiding along the S. Platte River in response to the continued influx of settlers pushing them from traditional hunting grounds....under Lt. Col. Willard Smith moved in and the camp was finally christened "Ft. Morgan" in honor of Col. Christopher A. Morgan.Once the fort was complete & buildings erected,  Federal soldiers from the Missouri Cavalry ..."Galvanized rebels" were confederate soldiers released from prison under the condition that they join the union army & move west to fight the Indians... since it was the point where the trail left the river & headed across the plains directly to DenverFt. Morgan was known as "Fort Morgan Cut Off" of the Overland Trail....