Chapter History

Stephen H. Long

The Longs Peak Chapter was named for Longs Peak, the 14,259-foot majestic mountain peak behind the prominent Mt. Meeker located west of Longmont. The peak was named for Major Stephen H. Long of the U.S. Army Engineers. In 1820 he was appointed to lead an expedition through the American West exploring areas acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. The specific purpose of this expedition was to find the sources of the Platte, Arkansas, and Red rivers.

According to DAR National Organizing Secretary Mrs. William Smoot, Longs Peak Chapter was officially organized on April 7, 1916 with sixteen members. The Charter was granted in 1917 after the acceptance of an additional seventeen members.

Susie Carr McGwire was the organizing Regent of the Longs Peak Chapter. She served for six years as the chapter’s first Regent. Mrs. Reba Day was the vice regent and Susie’s daughter, Lois Carr Graves, was the Longs Peak Chapter registrar.

Susie McGwire  Susie McGwire

The year 2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Longs Peak Chapter.