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Sep 5, 2011 7:19 AM by Kate Richards

New replica of Fort Lupton

FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) - A replica of the Fort Lupton fur trading outpost north of Denver is opening to visitors after years of work by volunteers.

The South Platte Valley Historical Society plans a grand opening for the fort Friday.

The Denver Post reported Sunday that volunteers scoured records to develop plans for the replica on the society's 100-acre history park. Workers broke ground on the fort in October 2004.

The original fort was built in 1837 by Lancaster Lupton. The historical society's website says the reconstruction is about 100 yards away from what is believed to be the site of the original.

The history park is on the South Platte River just north of the town of Fort Lupton. It includes a house dating to the late 1860s and an 1875 schoolhouse.

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