Dearfield Settlement

Dearfield Settlement

Dearfield is a ghost town and a historically black majority settlement in Weld County, Colorado, United States. It is 30 miles (48 km) east of Greeley.

The town was formed by Oliver Toussaint Jackson, who desired to create a colony for African Americans.

Dearfield has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1995.

About a century ago, African-American settlements sprang up across the West. Dearfield was one of many.

Today, there are only a handful of buildings still standing and they're either caved in or boarded up with plywood.

Prickly pears and wild sunflowers bloom along the dirt road passing through town, which leads to a scattering of occupied homes outside of the historic downtown.

Soon, if all goes as planned by a national home building company called Clayton Homes, a bunch of new prefabricated houses will appear on this landscape, including right next to -- or maybe even on top of -- the ruins of the general store.

For more information contact:

  • Daphne Rice-Allen
  • Black American West Museum & Heritage Center
  • 3091 California Street
  • Denver, CO 80205
  • Phone: (720) 242-7428