Introduction to Sterling, Colorado
Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. French fur trappers frequented this area starting in the 19th century. Major Stephen Harriman Long organized an expedition to this part of the country in 1820. On July 11, 1869, the Battle of Summit Springs between Colonel Eugene A. Carr and the U.S. Army and Tall Bull and his Cheyenne Dog Soldiers took place near Sterling. The site for the town was platted by railroad surveyor David Leavitt. He named the town Sterling, after his home town of Sterling, Illinois. It was officially incorporated on December 3, 1884.
Sterling and nearby Attractions
- Summit Springs Battlefield
- Overland Trail Museum
- Camp Bright
- Cheairs Park
- North Sterling State Park
Things To Do In Sterling
For those interested in the historical and cultural background of the region, a visit to the Summit Springs Battlefield and the Overland Trail Museum may prove interesting. The city has quite a few parks that offer a range of recreational opportunities. One can play any kind of sports or indulge in other physical activities at Columbine Park, Cheairs Park, Overland Trail Park and Pioneer Park. In addition, Sterling hosts the Sugar Beet Days annual festival every September.
Colorado Plains Regional Airport offers air transportation facilities.
Sterling Higher Education
Northeastern Junior College offers opportunities for higher education.