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.
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Las Animas County Education, Geography, and History
LasAnimas County is one of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 15,507. The countyseat is Trinidad. Las Animas County was created
on February 9, 1866 from Huerfano County. The county takes its name from the Mexican Spanish name of the Purgatoire River, which means "River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory.
Etymology - Origin of Las Animas County Name
Las Animas County is named for the Spanish language name of the Animas River, "Rio de las Animas
Perdidas," meaning "River of the Souls in Purgatory."
Las Animas County was created in 1866 from part of Huerfano County.
In 1870 a bit more of Huerfano was added. In 1889 the eastern part was split off to form Baca County.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,775 square miles (12,368 km2),
of which, 4,773 square miles (12,361 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km2) of it (0.06%) is
Trinidad, the county seat, is in the southern part of Colorado. The
county is located in the Purgatoire River valley.