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Colorado currently has sixty-four counties. In February 1866, the first new county, Las Animas, was created. Alamosa was created in 1913, and in 2001, Broomfield was recognized as a city-county, bringing a total of 64 counties.

Eagle County, Colorado

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Eagle County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 52,197. The county seat is the Town of Eagle. Eagle County was created on February 11, 1883 from Summit County. The county is named for the Eagle River which originates in the county.

Eagle County comprises the Edwards, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area

Etymology - Origin of Eagle County Name

The county is named for the Eagle River.


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Eagle County History

Eagle County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883 from portions of Summit County. The county is named after the Eagle River, which runs through the county. The county seat was originally set in Red Cliff, Colorado, but was moved to the town of Eagle in 1921.

The Ground Hog Mine, near Red Cliff, produced gold and silver in two vertical veins in 1887. One vein, or "chimney", contained gold in crystalline form, cemented by iron, while the other contained wire gold in the form of "ram's horns". One of these ram's horns is now on display in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum

In 2003, Kate Faber, a local woman accused Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant of sexual assault, putting the county and the town of Eagle on the map.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,692 square miles (4,382 km2), of which, 1,688 square miles (4,372 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) of it (0.23%) is water.

Eagle county is located in northwest Colorado. The county has an unbelievable geographic variety from lushly woodlands of Vail, Minturn and Red Cliff to the expansive ranches of Eagle and Gypsum.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Grand County
  • East: Summit County
  • Southeast: Lake County
  • Southwest: Pitkin County
  • West: Garfield County
  • Northwest: Routt County


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