Barney Lancelot Ford (1822-1902) Pioneer. Activist. Agent of Change.


Thank you, for sharing the history and life of Barney Ford, the school I went to was named after him Barney Ford Elementary, although I didn't find out the history of the school's name until years later.

i want to know how he dies

According to Barney Ford, Black baron, he collapsed while shoveling snow from the sidewalk and died soon after from what was suspected to be a stroke.

Hi Eythan,
Barney Lancelot Ford was born in 1822, moved to Colorado in 1860. He died in Denver in 1902. He was 80 years old when he died. My research did not reveal how Mr. Ford died. We do know that he was just shy of his 81st birthday when he passed away. He and his wife Julia A. Lyon are buried in Denver's Riverside Cemetery.

I can trust this site

In reply to by jackson (not verified)

me too jackson

I never heard that Clara Brown helped him!

I never heard that Clara Brown helped him!

In reply to by Taylor Nesseth… (not verified)

Taylor Nesseth,

Thank you for your comment. Yes, Clara Brown helped Barney Ford, as she did for many people over her lifetime.

Thank you for sharing this piece of amazing Colorado history. I love hearing about the pioneers of Colorado and the incredible pioneer spirit as well as stories of men who never forget their past. Who knows how many men and women's lives were inriched by Clara Brown and Barney Ford.

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