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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.
Bent County, Colorado Map
Founded February 6, 1874
Named for frontier trader William Bent
County Seat and Largest City:  Las Animas

Cities, Towns and Other Populated Communities
*  Able * Boggsville * Caddoa * Fort Lyon * Hasty
* Hilton * Las Animas * Marlman * McClave * Melina * Ninaview

Bent County, Colorado Data


Birth Records


Census Records

County Records

County History

Death Records


Family Bibles

Marriages / Divorces


Miscellaneous Data and Books

Newspaper Items



Wills/Probate Records


July 2017 - Cemeteries - Ft Lyons National Cemetery
August 2016 - Obits - 15 were added
May 2016 - Obits - Axe; Dunn; Hicklin; McKee; Nason; Vollert
Dec 2014: History:  Bent County
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