Huerfano County

Huerfano County, Colorado

401 Main St Suite 201
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Phone: (719) 738-2370
Fax: (719) 738-3996

In south-central CO, south of Pueblo; original county, organized Nov 1, 1861 (prior to statehood). Name Origin: For the Huerfano River, Spanish 'orphan,' referring to an isolated butte in the river

Area (sq mi):: 1593.24 (land 1590.87; water 2.38) Population per square mile: 4.90
Population 2005: 7,771 State rank: 41 Population change: 2000-20005 -1.20%; 1990-2000 30.80% Population 2000: 7,862 (White 58.40%; Black or African American 2.70%; Hispanic or Latino 35.10%; Asian 0.40%; Other 15.90%). Foreign born: 1.60%. Median age: 41.70
Income 2000: per capita $15,242; median household $25,775; Population below poverty level: 18.00% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $16,733-$18,067
Unemployment (2004): 8.20% Unemployment change (from 2000): 2.50% Median travel time to work: 24.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 15.90%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Mary's Glacier just west of Idaho Springs, Berthoud Pass above Winter Park, and Huerfano County's Cuchara Mountain Resort have all failed for one reason or another in recent years.
The Busch Ranch I Wind Farm is located 30 miles south of Pueblo, Colo., in Huerfano County, and consists of 16 wind turbines.
In his recent exhibition, "Hardscrabble," at the redcat, Dave Hullfish Bailey reflected on four sites within the western American landscape that bear a particularly vexed and complex relation to matters of human usage: the Purgatoire River drainage in southern Colorado, former setting of Drop City, a hippie commune housed in geodesic domes; a nearby square mile of land in Huerfano County, government earmarked for purposes of public education; the ad hoc library in Slab City, an extant squatter's community built on the foundations of a decommissioned army base in Imperial County, California; and the Nebraska Sandhills, which fell into the "path of totality" during the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.
I worked for Huerfano County (Colorado) for a long time.
Huerfano County has had the highest drug-related death rates recorded since 2003.
The Denver Post says local officials report 40 to 100 homes destroyed in the Black Forest Fire covering more than 10,000 acres covering northeast El Paso County, at the Royal Grange, in Rocky Mountain National Park and in Huerfano County. Officials say more than 2,500 homes and businesses were evacuated.
Southern Colorado's Huerfano County infects the area, hangs metaphorically over the Ortiz family as isolation and abandonment.
If covered at all, Huerfano County usually merits a paragraph or two, possibly a page at most, and it is not always accurate information.
The project is to be situated in Huerfano County. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved it on August 12, 2011.
With completion expected in late 2012, the project will include 16 Vestas wind turbines, will serve 94,000 customers in southern Colorado, will create approximately 55 construction jobs for southern Colorado and generate new and recurring tax revenues for Huerfano County.
Two Rivers Water Company (OTCBB:TURV)has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the Orlando Reservoir and associated water assets in Huerfano County, Colorado.