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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.

Moffat County, Colorado

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Moffat County is the northwestern most of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,795. The county seat is Craig. Moffat County was created on February 27, 1911 from Routt County. The county is named in honor of David H. Moffat, railroad pioneer.

Moffat County comprises the Craig, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Steamboat Springs-Craig, CO Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Moffat County Name

Moffat County was named in honor of railroad pioneer David H. Moffat.


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Moffat County History

Moffat County was created out of the western portion of Routt County on February 27, 1911. The county is named for David H. Moffat, a Colorado tycoon who died in 1911. His railroad, the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific, attempted to build a route from Denver to Salt Lake City. In 1913, a reorganized railroad, the Denver & Salt Lake, reached as far as Craig, the county seat, but no further.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,751 square miles (12,305 km2), of which, 4,742 square miles (12,282 km2) of it is land and 9 square miles (23 km2) of it (0.18%) is water.

Moffat County is the northwestern most county. The Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway is located in Moffat county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Carbon County, Wyo.
  • East: Routt County
  • South: Rio Blanco County
  • Southwest: Uintah County, Utah
  • Northwest: Daggett County, Utah; Sweetwater County, Wyo.


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