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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
Cities, Towns and Other
Cold Spring *
Colfax * Fairview * Greenwood * McKenzie
Junction * Querida *
Rosita * San Isabel * Silver Cliff *
Tanglewood Acres * Ula (historical) *
Westcliffe * Wetmore *
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