"The Dearfield Lodge is depicted in this photo from a 1930s poster used by Dearfield founder O.T. Jackson to extol the virtues of the town as "an ideal spot for a summer outing."
Courtesy of UNC Archives
The fifth annual Dearfield Day celebration and 5K run is set for Saturday, Sept. 22, at the once-thriving black agricultural community 30 miles east of Greeley on U.S. 34.
The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with an informal program, followed by walking tours led by University of Northern Colorado archaeologists and members of the Dearfield Preservation Committee.
The 5K "Ghost Town Run starts at 9:30 a.m. and culminates with an awards ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Registration on race day is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs, games and umbrellas or shade canopies. Food and drink vendors will be on site starting at 11 a.m.
Recent archaeological excavations at Dearfield and research of historic documents at UNC have revealed new information about life in the historic town.
For more information, visit the Dearfield Dream Project website.