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Colorado Territory
Organized: February 28, 1861
Statehood: August 1, 1876

The state was named after the Spanish word "Colorado," which means "reddish colored" that presumably refers to the red sandstone formations in the area or reddish brown color of the Colorado River.

The territory that ultimately became Colorado was added to the United States by the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and the 1848 Mexican Cession. The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 brought many settlers to the Denver area, though the population collapsed following an initial mining boom.

The Colorado Territory was organized as a United States territory on February 28, 1861, and Colorado attained statehood August 1, 1876, 100 years after the signing of our nation's Declaration of Independence (earning it the nickname the "Centennial State")

colorado springs 1913
Colorado Springs 1913

Colorado Counties

Colorado Counties

Adams County
formed in 1902 from part of Arapahoe county.

Alamosa County
formed in 1913 from parts of Conejos and Costilla counties.

Arapahoe County
one of the original 17 counties, the first to be incorporated.

Archuleta County
formed in 1885 from part of Conejos county.

Baca County
formed in 1889 from part of Las Animas county.

Bent County
formed in 1874 from part of Greenwood county.

Boulder County
one of the original 17 counties.

Broomfield County
Host: Julie Schadek 
formed in 2001 from parts of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld counties.

Chaffee County
formed in 1879 from part of Lake county.

Cheyenne County
formed in 1889 from parts of Bent and Elbert counties.

Clear Creek County
one of the original 17 counties.

Conejos County
one of the original 17 counties. Originally also known as Guadalupe county

Costilla County
one of the original 17 counties.

Crowley County
formed in 1911 from part of Otero county.

Custer County
formed in 1877 from part of Fremont county.

Delta County
formed in 1883 from part of Gunnison county.

Denver County
Host: Julie Schadek
formed in 1902 from part of Arapahoe county.

Dolores County
formed in 1881 from part of San Juan county.

Douglas County
one of the original 17 counties.

Eagle County
formed in 1883 from part of Summit county.

El Paso County
one of the original 17 counties.

Elbert County
formed in 1874 from parts of Douglas and Greenwood counties.

Fremont County
Host: Courtney Birkes
one of the original 17 counties.

Garfield County
formed in 1883 from part of Summit county.

Gilpin County
Hosts: Dennis & Cathy Danielson
one of the original 17 counties.

Grand County
formed in 1874 from part of Summit county.

Gunnison County
formed in 1877 from part of Lake county.

Hinsdale County
formed in 1874 from parts of Conejos and Lake counties.

Huerfano County
one of the original 17 counties.

Jackson County
formed in 1909 from part of Larimer county.

Jefferson County
Host: Julie Schadek 
one of the original 17 counties.

Kiowa County
formed in 1889 from part of Bent county.

Kit Carson County
formed in 1889 from part of Elbert county.

Lake County
one of the original 17 counties.

La Plata County
formed in 1874 from parts of Conejos and Lake counties.

Larimer County
one of the original 17 counties.

Las Animas County
formed in 1866 from part of Huerfano county.

Lincoln County
formed in 1889 from parts of Bent and Elbert counties.

Logan County
formed in 1887 from part of Weld county.

Mesa County
formed in 1883 from part of Gunnison county.

Mineral County
formed in 1893 from parts of Hindsdale and Rio Grande counties.

Moffat County
formed in 1911 from part of Routt county.

Montezuma County
formed in 1889 from part of La Plata county.

Montrose County
formed in 1883 from part of Gunnison county.

Morgan County
formed in 1889 from part of Weld county.

Otero County
formed in 1889 from part of Bent county.

Ouray County
formed in 1877 from parts of Lake and San Juan counties.

Park County
one of the original 17 counties.

Phillips County
formed in 1889 from part of Logan county.

Pitkin County
formed in 1881 from part of Gunnison county

Prowers County
formed in 1889 from part of Bent county.

Pueblo County
one of the original 17 counties.

Rio Blanco County
formed in 1889 from part of Garfield county.

Rio Grande County
formed in 1874 from parts of Conejos and Costilla counties.

Routt County
formed in 1877 from part of Grand county.

Saguache County
formed in 1866 from parts of Costilla and Lake counties.

San Juan County
formed in 1876 from part of Lake county.

San Miguel County
formed in 1883 from part of Ouray county.

Sedgwick County
formed in 1889 from part of Logan county.

Summit County
one of the original 17 counties.

 Teller County
formed in 1899 from part of El Paso county.

Washington County
formed in 1887 from part of Weld county.

Weld County
one of the original 17 counties.

Yuma County
formed in 1889 from part of Washington county.


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STATE DATA

 Books about Colorado and her citizens

Biographies for unspecified counties
Representative Women of Colorado Census Data 
Colorado Outlaws  
The Brummers Gang
The McCarty (McCarthy) Gang
Most Desperate Plot Unearthed
The Stockton Gang
Colorado Emblems

Facts and Trivia
Folklore Government
History Man Made Marvels in Colorado  
Medical Military Records
Native American Newspaper Gleanings
Recipes Resource Links

Defunct Counties

Greenwood County - formed in 1870 from part of Huerfano county and the Arapahoe and Cheyenne Reserve. In 1874 it was abolished and Bent and Elbert counties created. History in 1871.

Platte County - formed in 1872 from part of Weld county. In 1874 was abolished and its territory returned to Weld county.

more extinct or renamed counties

The City of Aurora, which is currently located in two counties - Arapahoe, and Adams, is scheduled to become a consolidated city-county (joining Denver and Broomfield as the only city-counties in the state) around 2008

Colorado National Parks
National parks managed by the National Park Service:

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose
  • Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez
  • Rocky Mountain National Park at Estes Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Mosca

National monuments in Colorado are:

  • Colorado National Monument at Grand Junction and Fruita
  • Dinosaur National Monument near Dinosaur Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant
  • Yucca House National Monument in Cortez

National Historic Sites:

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Kiowa County

National Historic Trails

  • California National Historic Trail
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  • Pony Express National Historic Trail
  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail

The Colorado Fourteeners

  • 53 Colorado summits with at least 14,000 feet (4,267.2 m) of elevation and at least 300 feet (91,44 m) of prominence


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