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Moffat County, Colorado

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Moffat County was created on February 27, 1911. The county was named for David H. Moffat, a Colorado tycoon who died in 1911. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, all state District Courts were held in Denver, in the State courthouse there, due to a lack of funds to build courthouses locally. All murder trials were held in Denver, in the District Courts.

Allegedly, so many murders occurred between sheep farmers from Wyoming and cattle ranchers from Colorado that the presiding judges—tired of presiding over these murder trials—requested that the State legislature split Routt County into what is now Routt and Moffat counties; the legislature complied.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Craig
  • Dinosaur
  • Elk Springs
  • Greystone
  • Hamilton
  • Lay
  • Massadona
  • Maybell
  • Sunbeam

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Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Browns Park Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Dinosaur National Monument (part)

Routt National Forest (part)

White River National Forest (part)