When I say “Towns and Other Places in Colorado,” I'm indicating that there's a lot of material to work with here. We have incorporated cities, incorporated towns, unincorporated towns, and unincorporated rural county. We have Native American settlements and mining/ranching ghost towns. Some places have been occupied for over 1,000 years, others went from boom to bust in less than 10 years. They are "Towns and Other Places."

What I am trying to do in these pages is to give you, my reader, a small snapshot of what is really here, now. 100 years ago, this countryside and some of its' inhabitants were the main characters in some pretty wild ten-cent novels sold all over the East Coast and in Europe. A lot of those novels were translated into TV series and, if you're like me: raised in America and educated in public schools, quite a few of us ended up with a very slanted view of the Wild West and what it was really like. What I am showing on these pages is the present reality. Combine that with some historical facts and a different picture of the realities of the Wild West emerges... then again, all the blah, blah facts and history don't make much difference: this is still gorgeous and wild countryside with quite a few quaint little towns and some small cities scattered around. Then there's the Front Range megalopolis...

Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge, Colorado

Some of the towns in our area are going through a kind of urban renewal where they rebuild downtown in a replica of what it was like in Victorian days, except this time, the streets are brick and pavement instead of dirt and mud, and there isn't horse manure or cow patties all over the place. Some towns, like Cripple Creek, Black Hawk and Central City, are being rebuilt as a kind of throwback to the early days of saloons and Colorado Casinos. It was originally touted as a means of "saving our Victorian architectural heritage" but in some cases it's not working out like that. What it has done, though, is offer local limited stakes gaming and raised money for the Colorado Historical Society to invest in preserving other historical sites and artifacts. There are casinos operating on a couple of Colorado's Native American reservations, too, but those don't offer the proximity to the Front Range population centers that Cripple Creek, Central City and Black Hawk offer. Colorado also offers the Colorado Lottery and participation in a multi-state Powerball and "Mega Millions" program through many commercial outlets around the state. These days, that seems to be the only retirement plan that many folks have in place...

Las Animas and Huerfano Counties in Colorado, and Colfax County in New Mexico, all had significantly larger populations in 1900 than in 2000. That was because of the coal mines. Most of those were closed by 1957 and almost all those folks left. The population of southeastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico also took a large hit with the Great Depression and the years of the Dust Bowl drought. Another several years of drought in the late 1950's, early 1960's wiped out quite a few of the remaining ranch/farm towns and left us with lots of broken down relics outside of the major towns in the area. All across the mountainous areas of Colorado you'll find the remains of boom-and-bust mining camps from the 1800's, same as in the eastern plains you'll find the remains of many old towns that dried up and blew away during the Dust Bowl and droughts of the 1950's and 1960's, along with the remains of other towns that were decimated in the aftermath of the commodities market manipulations of the mid-1950's. Colorado just doesn't have a history of financial stability since the Europeans arrived... and even the Native Americans tell stories of past wet and dry periods that caused massive migrations of the tribes across this beautiful landscape.

Now, we're seeing a wave of soon-to-be-retiring baby-boomers looking at this neighborhood with an eye towards spending the rest of their lives in this mostly unpopulated, mostly unpolluted but quickly getting known, countryside.

That's why I built this website: what you see here is based on my own explorations. And, as you can see, I'm a bit in love... that's how this site got out of hand...

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2010 Colorado Population Demographics
2010 Census Numbers
Total Population: 5,029,196
Males: 2,520,662
Females: 2,508,534
Under 18: 1,225,609
20-24: 348,615
25-34: 726,278
35-49: 1,071279
50-64: 968,707
65 & older: 549,625
Population by Race:
White: 4,089,202
African-American: 201,737
Asian: 139,028
American Indian, Alaskan Native: 56,010
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 6,623
Other: 364,140
2 or more: 172,456
Hispanic or Latino: 1,038,687
Non Hispanic or Latino: 3,990,509