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Bent County was created by the Colorado
legislature on February 6, 1874, when Greenwood County, created only
four years earlier, was dissolved and divided between Bent and Elbert
counties. At the time of its creation, it included a large portion of
southeastern Colorado. In 1889, Bent County acquired its current
borders when it lost much of its territory to the newly created
Cheyenne, Lincoln, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.
Founded February 6, 1874
Named for frontier trader William Bent
County Seat and Largest City: Las Animas
Towns and Other Populated Communities
* Able * Boggsville * Caddoa * Fort Lyon
* Hilton * Las Animas * Marlman * McClave * Melina * Ninaview