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Colorado Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 16, 2020

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Colorado ranks 40th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Colorado is a state in the United States of America located in the American Mountains. It is also in the Southwest region. Colorado is some 104 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 576 thousand people. The state is divided into 64 counties and 57 of them have entries in this database. In Colorado we have discovered historical markers in 128 cities and towns lying in 149 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Colorado? There are least 665 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 664 historical markers and 19 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 680 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another historical marker in Colorado that we donít yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Colorado marker in the database, University of Denver, was added November 6, 2007. It was photographed near Idaho Springs in Clear Creek County and was erected in 1996. The last one added was submitted on February 14, 2020, and titled Pike and Southwest Commerce. It is in Mosca in Alamosa County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Colorado was erected in 1906. It was this one: Zebulon Montgomery Pike, and one of our correspondents found it near Cascade in El Paso County on January 21, 2008.

Colorado Historical Categories
163 • Settlements and Settlers
147 • Industry and Commerce
104 • Notable Buildings
80 • Native Americans
79 • Roads and Vehicles
69 • Railroads and Streetcars
46 • Natural Features
44 • Exploration
38 • Animals
38 • Agriculture
    ... and more ...

Coloradans donít want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Colorado about Settlements and Settlersó163 of themóthan about any other historical category. A close second is Industry and Commerce with 147 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers category was Smoky Hill Trail, added January 11, 2008. It had been erected in 1936 in Denver in Denver County. The last one submitted also was submitted on February 14, 2020, and titled Pike and Southwest Commerce. It had been erected in Mosca in Alamosa County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers category that we have listed was erected in 1912. It was Old Fort Morgan, found in Fort Morgan in Morgan County on January 1, 2012.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Colorado county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Denver County, with 102 of them. It is followed by Jefferson County with 69 markers. The Denver area of Denver County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 102. In Jefferson County the area with the most markers, 62, is Golden.

Historical Markers in These
Colorado Counties
102 • Denver County
69 • Jefferson County
41 • El Paso County
32 • Sedgwick County
30 • Garfield County
24 • Las Animas County
22 • Montrose County
20 • Lake County
20 • Teller County
20 • Weld County
    ... and more ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Colorado with the most markers we again find Denver at the top of the list with 102 markers in or near it. And Golden also shows up again in next place, with 62 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers itís 80202 at the top of the list with 84 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 80202 is assigned to Denver CO.) It is followed by ZIP Code 80401 with 60 markers. (80401 is assigned to Golden CO including the Evergreen, and Lakewood delivery areas.)

Historical Markers Near These
Colorado Cities and Towns
102 • Denver
62 • Golden
35 • Colorado Springs
23 • Julesburg
22 • Montrose
20 • Glenwood Springs
17 • Trinidad
14 • Grand Lake
13 • Breckenridge
11 • Climax
    ... and more ...

Getting back to Denver County, the first marker added to the database from there, Union Station Area, was added January 9, 2008. It was erected in 1988 in Denver. The last one submitted was uploaded on June 20, 2019, and is titled The Birth of Denver Mass Transit, in Denver. The earliest marker erected in Denver County that we have listed was erected in 1909. It was Colorado Soldier's Monument, found in Denver on January 15, 2008.

Latest entry from Colorado. Click to go there
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2010
Latest Entry from Colorado
“Pike and Southwest Commerce”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Golden. The first: Buffalo Bill, was added April 10, 2010. The last: Rock Flour Millstone added on December 15, 2018. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1936: Territorial Capital of Colorado, added on December 28, 2010.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

History Colorado is currently in charge of the familiar wood and now the full color illustrated official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the State Historical Society of Colorado, a predecessor. We have 117 of their markers in the database.

In addition, E Clampus Vitusónot government affiliatedóalso erected numerous historical markers in Colorado, and we have 129 of their Colorado markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Colorado. Click to go there
Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, June 21, 2019
A History Colorado Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

Youíll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Colorado have been marked with history. Check out Custer County, Broomfield County and Archuleta County. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Colorado might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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