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Formed March 25, 1889, out of portions of northeastern Bent County and
southeastern Elbert County
Named after the Cheyenne Indians who occupied eastern Colorado
County Seat and Largest Town: Cheyenne Wells
The town's name was originally applied to a stage station, five miles
north of the present site. That location was named for the Cheyenne
Indians of the Great Plains, and for several wells that were dug there.
"Cheyenne" is not the name used by the Cheyenne tribe for
themselves; it is said to be a Sioux name, Shairena, meaning "people of
alien speech." (William Bright, Colorado Place Names, 3rd
Edition, Johnson Books, 2004, pg 36)
Upper Left: Spanish Peaks from La Veta passon
Highway 160 in Southern Col.
Upper Right: Snow-covered Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg and La Veta,
Lower Left: Francisco Fort in La Veta, Col.
Lower Right: Lush green valleys and snow capped peaks surround Cuchara,
Cities, Towns and
Other Populated Areas
Arapahoe * Cheyenne Wells * Kit Carson * Wild
Horse * Aroya
Firstview * Fort Big Spring * Mount Pearl * Old Wells