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Bent County, Colorado

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As Colorado experienced population growth following the American Civil War, government had to be closer to the people for commerce and justice to be better served in growing communities. Territorial Bent County was created in February 1870, followed by Greenwood County the following month. The June 1, 1870, Federal Census was several months away and there were plans to apply for statehood. On February 2, 1874, Grand County and Elbert County were formed. On February 6, 1874, Greenwood County was dissolved and divided between Bent and Elbert counties. At the time of this annexation, Bent County included a large portion of southeastern Colorado. In 1889, Bent County acquired its current borders when it was partitioned to create Cheyenne, Lincoln, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • Able
  • Boggsville
  • Caddoa
  • Fort Lyon
  • Hasty
  • Las Animas
  • Marlman
  • McClave
  • Melina
  • Ninaview



Fort Lyon

Santa Fe Trail Mountain Route to Bent's New Fort

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Bent County Historical Society

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