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  Rio Blanco - History
Parents > United States > Colorado > Counties > Rio Blanco  
Established March 25, 1889
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedBrentinCO September 15, 2019 01:54pm
DescriptionRio Blanco County utilizes the Spanish language name to honor the White River that runs through the county. The population was 6,666 in 2010, with just two people per square mile. The small, isolated agricultural community of Meeker acts as county seat of this northwestern Colorado county that shares a border with Utah.

Routt National Forest covers 2.9 million acres in Rio Blanco County, offering plentiful winter and summer activities.


November 15, 2001 -

January 01, 1930 - January 01, 2002

By 1930 RIO BLANCO lost to ROUTT when the boundary was shifted to public land survey lines. (USGS, Glenwood Springs Quad, 1930)

March 25, 1889 - January 01, 1930

RIO BLANCO created from GARFIELD. (Colo. Laws 1889, 7th sess., H.B. 107, pp. 325-328)