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Colorado Counties

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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Teller County, Colorado

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Teller County is the 22nd most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 20,555 at US Census 2000. The county seat is Cripple Creek. Teller County was created on March 23, 1899 from El Paso County and Fremont County. The county is named in honor of Henry Moore Teller, a US Senator from Colorado and United States Secretary of the Interior.

The Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area comprises El Paso County and Teller County.

Etymology - Origin of Teller County Name

Teller County was named after United States Senator Henry M. Teller.

Demographics:

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Teller County History

Teller County was named after United States Senator Henry M. Teller. Teller County was calved from the western slope of Pikes Peak, then entirely within El Paso County, in 1899.

Teller County is named after United States Senator Henry M. Teller. Teller County was calved off of the western slope of Pikes Peak, then entirely within El Paso County, in 1899 after particularly brutal repression of a miners' strike by the El Paso County Sheriff's Department. The miners, organized in the early days of the populist labor movement, set up their own government with their own protection in the boomtown gold camp at Cripple Creek. Another strike in 1903 sparked an even more significant conflict referred to as the Colorado Labor Wars.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 559 square miles (1,448 km2), of which, 557 square miles (1,443 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) of it (0.34%) is water.

Teller county is located close to the center of Colorado. The American Discovery Trail, Gold Belt Tour National Scenic and Historic Byway are located in Teller county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Jefferson County
  • Northeast: Douglas County
  • East: El Paso County
  • Southwest: Fremont County
  • Northwest: Park County

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