Colorado Information, Photos and Maps
A Reference and Travel Guide Full of Area Information
When I say “Towns and Other Places in Colorado,” I'm indicating that there's a lot of material to work with here. We have incorporated cities, incorporated towns, unincorporated towns, and unincorporated rural county. We have Native American settlements and mining/ranching ghost towns. Some places have been occupied for over 1,000 years, others went from boom to bust in less than 10 years. They are "Towns and Other Places."
What I am trying to do in these pages is to give you, my reader, a small snapshot of what is really here, now. 100 years ago, this countryside and some of its' inhabitants were the main characters in some pretty wild ten-cent novels sold all over the East Coast and in Europe. A lot of those novels were translated into TV series and, if you're like me: raised in America and educated in public schools, quite a few of us ended up with a very slanted view of the Wild West and what it was really like. What I am showing on these pages is the present reality. Combine that with some historical facts and a different picture of the realities of the Wild West emerges... then again, all the blah, blah facts and history don't make much difference: this is still gorgeous and wild countryside with quite a few quaint little towns and some small cities scattered around. Then there's the Front Range megalopolis...
Some of the towns in our area are going through a kind of urban renewal where they rebuild downtown in a replica of what it was like in Victorian days, except this time, the streets are brick and pavement instead of dirt and mud, and there isn't horse manure or cow patties all over the place. Some towns, like Cripple Creek, Black Hawk and Central City, are being rebuilt as a kind of throwback to the early days of saloons and Colorado Casinos. It was originally touted as a means of "saving our Victorian architectural heritage" but in some cases it's not working out like that. What it has done, though, is offer local limited stakes gaming and raised money for the Colorado Historical Society to invest in preserving other historical sites and artifacts. There are casinos operating on a couple of Colorado's Native American reservations, too, but those don't offer the proximity to the Front Range population centers that Cripple Creek, Central City and Black Hawk offer. Colorado also offers the Colorado Lottery and participation in a multi-state Powerball and "Mega Millions" program through many commercial outlets around the state. These days, that seems to be the only retirement plan that many folks have in place...
Las Animas and Huerfano Counties in Colorado, and Colfax County in New Mexico, all had significantly larger populations in 1900 than in 2000. That was because of the coal mines. Most of those were closed by 1957 and almost all those folks left. The population of southeastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico also took a large hit with the Great Depression and the years of the Dust Bowl drought. Another several years of drought in the late 1950's, early 1960's wiped out quite a few of the remaining ranch/farm towns and left us with lots of broken down relics outside of the major towns in the area. All across the mountainous areas of Colorado you'll find the remains of boom-and-bust mining camps from the 1800's, same as in the eastern plains you'll find the remains of many old towns that dried up and blew away during the Dust Bowl and droughts of the 1950's and 1960's, along with the remains of other towns that were decimated in the aftermath of the commodities market manipulations of the mid-1950's. Colorado just doesn't have a history of financial stability since the Europeans arrived... and even the Native Americans tell stories of past wet and dry periods that caused massive migrations of the tribes across this beautiful landscape.
Now, we're seeing a wave of soon-to-be-retiring baby-boomers looking at this neighborhood with an eye towards spending the rest of their lives in this mostly unpopulated, mostly unpolluted but quickly getting known, countryside.
That's why I built this website: what you see here is based on my own explorations. And, as you can see, I'm a bit in love... that's how this site got out of hand...
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Total Population: 5,029,196
Under 18: 1,225,609
65 & older: 549,625
American Indian, Alaskan Native: 56,010
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 6,623
2 or more: 172,456
Hispanic or Latino: 1,038,687
Non Hispanic or Latino: 3,990,509
The map above shows all the counties in Colorado except one: Broomfield. Broomfield is a city/county right next to Denver and is just too small an area to show on the map. You can click on any of the names on the map above or you can use the list below. These pages have population and growth stats and pannable, zoomable maps on them. Most also have links to whatever information I have about those counties that is located within this website.
Slowly I add new names to the map below. When you select a name on this map you will be taken to that part of this site. I have also added listings of business and tourist services to most of these names (by county): things like Hotels & Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Dining establishments, Campgrounds & RV Parks, Real Estate Services, Legal Services, Medical Services, Financial Services, Outdoor Sports and Guide Services, Resort areas, etc. Information about most of Colorado's Ski and Snowboard Areas is here. Museum listings and other Touristic Activities also show up on some of these pages. Again, what you see here is the results of my own explorations. On a regular basis, my presentations outgrow this map... after all, this is an organic site.
NOTE: On many of the pages linked below I try to provide some demographic information. As this information comes from the US Census Bureau, there are a couple of caveats that have to be taken into consideration:
Just click on an active name on the map and you will be taken to that part of Sangres.com. However, not every page is listed on this map so you might want to look through the list below, too. On the other hand, the list below is getting too large, too, so some towns only appear in the section on the county that they are located in.
Cherry Hills Village
Hot Sulphur Springs
South Park City