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Huerfano County, Colorado


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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Walsenburg is approximately 4,182 (2000), 3068 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,723 (2000), 1421 (2010).
The amount of land area in Walsenburg is 6.031 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Walsenburg is 2.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Walsenburg to Washington DC is 1577 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 147 miles. (as the crow flies)
Walsenburg is positioned 37.62 degrees north of the equator and 104.77 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Walsenburg elevation is 6,186 feet above sea level.
Walsenburg median income is $ 22,005.
The Walsenburg median home price is $ 62,600.
Walsenburg average annual precipitation is 15.8 inches peryear.
The average winter temperature is 34 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 48.8 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 75 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 53.3 degrees F.


at the junction of I-25, Hwys 160 and 87 and CO 10, about 20 miles from La Veta in southcentral Colorado. Other nearby communities include Aguilar and Colorado City
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an irregular plateau broken by numerous narrow fertile valleys in the east, rising to the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the west and the Spanish Peaks in the south. This page tells more about the Spanish Peaks including some pictures. One of the features of the Spanish Peaks are the dikes that radiate out. These were formed when molton magma moved up through vertical cracks. They hardened and were eventually exposed due to erosion.
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seasonal. There are an average of 300+ days of sunshine each year.
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History & History Related Items

First named as Plaza de los Leones by Spanish farmers in the middle of the 1800's, the name was changed to Walsenburg in the 1870's. It was named for Fred Walsen, who was an early businessman in town. He opened the first coal mine in the county just west of town in 1876. Walsen Mine was the largest and most productive coal mine in Huerfano County and was known as the City Built on Coal during the 1930s because of its massive coal deposits.

Here is a history page for Walsenburg.
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Lathrop State Park
visitor's center, campgrounds, waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, golfing & great relaxation!
70 County Rd.
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Phone: (719) 738-2376

See Walsenburg Photographs on this page.

Barbed Wire Museum in the Old Railroad Depot in town.

Scenic Highway of Legends
This route, Highway 12, was designated as one of Colorado's scenic and historical byways in 1987. It was named a National Forest Byway in 1988. The 80 mile route passes through wonderfully beautiful scenery on its course. It can be driven in about two hours. It winds through Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, Monument Lake, Stonewall, Vigil, Weston, Segundo, Cokesdale and Trinidad crossing the Cuchara Pass at 9,994 feet above sea level part way along the byway. A welcome center is located in Trinidad with more information about the route. Here is a map page for the highway.

Walsenburg Mining Museum
101 E. 5th Street
P.O. 134
Walsenburg, CO. 81089
Phone: 719-738-1992
The Walsenburg Mining Museum is on The National Register of Historic Buildings and was renovated with a Colorado Historical Society grant. Operated by the Huerfano County Historical Society mainly through volunteers, the museum relies on the generosity of donors to maintain the collections.
Please call ahead for hours of operation and costs.

Huerfano County Tourism
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Walsenburg City Government

Walsenburg City Hall
525 S Albert Ave
Walsenburg, CO 81089-2237
Phone: 719-738-1048

Walsenburg Police Department
202 W. 6th St.
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Phone: (719) 738-1044


Walsenburg is the county seat of Huerfano County.

Huerfano County Clerk
401 Main St # 204
Walsenburg CO 81089-2045
Phone: 719-738-2380

Huerfano County Government
400 Main St
Walsenburg CO 81089-2034
Phone: 719-738-3445

Walsenburg Chamber

Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce
400 Main St
P.O. Box 493
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Phone: (719) 738-1065

Walsenburg Organizations

Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce
400 Main St
P.O. Box 493
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Phone: (719) 738-1065

Walsenburg Libraries

Spanish Peaks Library District
323 Main Street
Walsenburg, CO. 81089
Phone: (719)738-2774

Walsenburg Schools

Huerfano School District Re-1
611 W 7th St
Walsenburg CO 81089-2311
Phone: 719-738-1520

John Mall Junior/Senior High School
355 W Pine St
Walsenburg CO 81089-2448
Phone: 719-738-1610
Grades 8 - 12

Peakview School
375 West Pine Street
Walsenburg CO 81089
Phone: 719-738-2190
Grades Pre-K through 7th Walsenburg


The population of Walsenburg was:
1980 - 3,622
1990 - 3,300
2000 - 4,182

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