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The county seat is Westcliffe and the largest town is Silver Cliff.
The County was created on March 9, 1877, out of the southern half of Fremont County. It was named in honor of Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, who had died the previous year.
The county seat was moved to Westcliffe in 1928. Ula was the original seat, moving to Rosita in 1878, and to Silver Cliff in 1886.
The county was the site of a silver rush during the 1870s. Thousands of men poured into the county during this time in the hunt for silver. Some of the notable mines include the Geyser Mine, on the north edge of the town of Silver Cliff, the Bassick Mine, near the ghost town of Querida, and the Bull Domingo, north of Silver Cliff.
After the mines were exhausted, the population dropped considerably, over 63% from 1880 to 1890. Cattle ranchers moved in and ranching continues to this day.
Cities, Towns and Other Populated Areas
Cold Spring * Colfax * Fairview * Greenwood * McKenzie Junction * Querida *
Rosita * San Isabel * Silver Cliff * Tanglewood Acres * Ula (historical) * Westcliffe * Wetmore *
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