Adair County

Muckletonians In The Rocky Mountains

Kentucky Library Research Collection, Western Kentucky University

Digital copy only


The Muckletonians were a hunting and fishing club founded in Clark County, KY. This booklet tells of their adventures in the mountains.

They went to the aftemath of a battle between the Ute Indians and settlers. See

"The club was at abandoned camp of a band of Ute Indians in Middle Park, Colorado in 1878. The Ute band had been accused of various depredations against white settlers. The settlers in this area were expecting trouble. So much so that women and children were sent away. Colorado Governor John Routt called on Grand County sheriff, Eugene Marker, to deal with the situation. On September 1, 1878, Marker and his posse, located the camp. A skirmish ensued in which one warrior was killed. Elderly chiefs Washington and Piah were captured. The group was escorted back to the reservation on the White River. Coincidentally, as all of this was happening, seventeen members of the Muckletonian Club of Winchester, Kentucky were on a tour through the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Muckletonians were a hunting and fishing club founded on the banks of the Kentucky River. They were camped only five miles north of the Ute camp. After receiving word of the situation, one of the group, James Dunlap Gay, visited the camp site and collected some of the abandoned belongings."