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County Government
  Assessor  Elisha Andreatta Meadows 1 18 +21.69%
  Clerk and Recorder  Nancy C. Cruz 1 18 +100.00%
  Coroner  Vonnie Maier-Valdez 1 18 +100.00%
  Sheriff  Bruce Newman 1 18 +15.72%
  Treasurer  Debra J. "Debbie" Reynolds 1 18 +100.00%
County Commission
  Board of Commissioners District 1  E. Ray Garcia 1 16 +9.69%
  Board of Commissioners District 2  Max Vezzani 1 16 +100.00%
  Board of Commissioners District 3  Gerald A. Cisneros 1 18 +100.00%
 Walsenburg  3,830
 La Veta  882
 Navajo Ranch   
 Red Wing   
Ghost Town
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 Colorado Springs-Pueblo, CO   

% Of Total VotesOfficeHuerfano WinnerYrHuerfano Votes% of Sub% Vs. Full Race
0.14% Governor   Jared Polis 18 1,798 49.79% -3.63%
0.14% Secretary of State   Jena Griswold 18 1,847 51.23% -1.47%
0.14% Treasurer   Dave Young 18 1,782 49.90% -2.32%
0.14% Attorney General   Phil Weiser 18 1,767 49.27% -2.31%
0.14% President   Donald Trump 16 1,883 49.78% +6.52%
0.16% Senate Class II   Mark Udall 14 1,503 47.07% +0.81%
0.14% Senate Class III   Michael Bennet 16 1,942 51.25% +1.28%
1.08% CO - District 03   Scott Tipton 18 1,764 48.51% -3.00%
11.53% CO House 62   Donald E. Valdez 18 1,947 53.99% -2.79%
5.74% CO Senate 35   Larry Crowder 16 1,836 49.26% -10.64%
0.16% 067: Fetal Personhood   No 14 1,699 54.77% -10.10%
0.16% 105: Label Genetically Modified Food   No 14 2,130 67.96% +2.49%
0.13% Amendment 70   Yes 16 2,083 56.30% +0.94%
0.14% Amendment 72   No 16 2,484 65.94% +12.89%
0.18% Domestic Partnerships   No 06 1,705 61.11% +8.76%
0.18% Gay Marriage   Yes 06 1,819 64.03% +9.00%
0.16% Health Care   Yes 10 1,453 52.64% +5.75%
0.14% Legalize Marijuana   Yes 12 2,035 57.13% +1.81%
0.14% Proposition 108   Yes 16 1,854 51.37% -1.89%
0.14% Proposition 112 (Statutory)   No 18 1,863 52.54% -2.58%
0.15% State Personnel System   Yes 12 1,627 50.73% -5.39%
0.18% Term Length   No 06 1,479 53.35% -3.73%


Parents > United States > Colorado > Counties  
Established November 01, 1861
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedBrentinCO August 17, 2019 06:16pm
Description Huerfano County was a crossroads in the American west long before the Europeans arrived. Taos Pueblo, in northern New Mexico, has been a major Native American trading center for over 1,000 years. Trading routes spread out from Taos in all directions but one of the most used trails headed north from Taos into the San Luis Valley and crossed east over the Sangre de Cristo's at Sangre de Cristo Pass, through the gap between Rough Mountain and Sheep Mountain. From there it went down Oak Creek to the Huerfano River, around to the eastern edge of the Wet Mountains and then north along the Wets and the Front Range to the South Platte River. There the trail forked, one branch heading north into Wyoming and Montana, the other following the South Platte into Nebraska.

In those days, the Utes, Navajos, Jicarilla Apaches, and Comanches came and went through Huerfano County. The Spanish Peaks were sacred mountains to these people and they performed lots of ceremonies here. As far as they were concerned, this is where Mankind first emerged from the womb of the Earth into their version of the Garden of Eden (only, they weren't thrown out of Paradise until the Europeans arrived). The very first Europeans to come to Huerfano County were most likely Spanish but there were also a lot of French trappers traveling through. Near where Oak Creek separates from the Huerfano River a settlement called Badito (probably taken from the nearby landmark "Badito Cone") was founded.

The Zebulon Pike Expedition in 1806-07 is recognized as the first Americans to officially enter Huerfano County but by that time over 1400 Europeans are recorded to have passed through Badito as they journeyed along the Taos (or Trapper's) Trail. Pike's expedition notified the Spaniards in Santa Fe that the Americans were coming and they responded by sending troops north to build a fort along the southeastern edge of the Wet Mountains, not too far east of Badito, in 1819-20. Then, in 1820, came the Mexican Revolution: the Spanish were forced to leave and the fort was abandoned. That year they also saw William Becknell make the first recorded traverse of the Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to Santa Fe and back. While Becknell didn't come near Huerfano County, he did establish a trail that brought thousands of folks west, and quite a few split off from the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail and headed west , past Huerfano Butte and up the Huerfano, over Sangre de Cristo Pass and into the San Luis Valley. For years, this was the preferred route for traders heading to Taos who wanted to avoid the customs officials in Santa Fe.

In the beginning of the Colorado Territory days, Huerfano County was much larger, stretching from the Arkansas River south to New Mexico and from the Kansas border to the mountains, but over time it was cut up and portions of the original county became entire new counties. In the earliest days of American "ownership," Badito was still the main center of business and was the official county seat for a couple of years, before Walsenburg became more established and the county offices were moved there (as the fortunes of the fur trade declined, so did Badito). These days, Walsenburg is a hub with roads heading cross-country in all directions. Because of the intersection of the I-25 with US 160 and State Highways 10 and 69, over 4 million vehicles per year make the drive down Main Street.

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Adams Alamosa Arapahoe Archuleta Baca Bent Boulder Broomfield Chaffee Cheyenne Clear Creek Conejos Costilla Crowley Custer Delta Denver Dolores Douglas Eagle El Paso Elbert Fremont Garfield Gilpin Grand Gunnison Hinsdale Huerfano Jackson Jefferson Kiowa Kit Carson La Plata Lake Larimer Las Animas Lincoln Logan Mesa Mineral Moffat Montezuma Montrose Morgan Otero Ouray Park Phillips Pitkin Prowers Pueblo Rio Blanco Rio Grande Routt Saguache San Juan San Miguel Sedgwick Summit Teller Washington Weld Yuma
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Population 7,558 100.00% Jul 01, 2009 RP


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