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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.

Huerfano County, Colorado

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Huerfano County is one of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 6,711. The county seat is Walsenburg. Huerfano County was created on November 1, 1861 as one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of Colorado. The county, whose name comes from the Spanish huerfano meaning "orphan", was named for the Huerfano Butte, a local landmark.

Etymology - Origin of Huerfano County Name

Huerfano County is named for the Huerfano Butte, a local landmark. Huerfano is orphan in Spanish.


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Huerfano County History

Huerfano County is one of the original Colorado counties.
In 1866, the southern part was split off to form Las Animas County.

Huerfano county was divided again in 1870. The eastern part went to Bent County, a small piece went to Pueblo County and another to Las Animas County. 1870, part of southern Fremont County was added to Huerfano.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,593 square miles (4,126 km2), of which, 1,591 square miles (4,120 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km2) of it (0.15%) is water.

Huerfano county is located in south Colorado. The county is an uneven plateau broken by many narrow fertile valleys in the east, rising to the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo in the west and the Spanish Peaks in the south.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Pueblo County
  • Southeast: Las Animas County
  • Southwest: Costilla County
  • West: Alamosa County
  • Northwest: Saguache County; Custer County


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