Antonito, Colorado

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Town of Antonito, Colorado
Town
Antonito
Antonito
Location in Conejos County and the State of Colorado
Location in Conejos County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 37°5′N 106°1′W / 37.083°N 106.017°W / 37.083; -106.017Coordinates: 37°5′N 106°1′W / 37.083°N 106.017°W / 37.083; -106.017
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County[1] Conejos County
Incorporated (town) December 29, 1889[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Mayor Mike Trujillo Jr.
Area
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 7,890 ft (2,405 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 781
 • Density 1,937/sq mi (747.7/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 81120[4]
Area code(s) 719
Highways

US 285.svg US 285

Colorado 17.svg   SH 17
GNIS feature ID 0190909
Website www.antonito.co

The Town of Antonito is a statutory town located in Conejos County, Colorado, United States. At the 2010 census, the town's population was 781.[5]

Geography[edit]

Antonito is located in the San Luis Valley near the southern border of Colorado at 37°5′N 106°1′W / 37.083°N 106.017°W / 37.083; -106.017 (37.077, -106.010),[6] along U.S. Highway 285. It is 28 miles (45 km) north to Alamosa and 30 miles (48 km) south to U.S. Route 64 at Tres Piedras, New Mexico.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Antonito has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

Antonito is the southern terminus of the San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad and the eastern terminus of the steam powered, narrow gauge Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which runs westwards to Osier, Colorado, and Chama, New Mexico.

Demographics[edit]

At the 2000 census,[7] there were 873 people, 357 households and 234 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,212.3 per square mile (864.3/km²). There were 396 housing units at an average density of 1,003.5 per square mile (392.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 61.40% White, 0.11% African American, 3.55% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 31.96% from other races, and 2.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 90.26% of the population.

There were 357 households of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 20.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.09.

28.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median household income was $19,205 and the median family income was $23,162. Males had a median income of $25,417 compared with $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,047. About 26.4% of families and 29.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.3% of those under age 18 and 22.5% of those age 65 or over.

Recent developments[edit]

Antonito began life as a sheep herding camp known as San Antonio Junction, referring to its proximity to the Conejos and San Antonio rivers. When the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad built its line south from Alamosa, the town was renamed Antonito and became an important town on the railroad line. The town was incorporated in 1889. There are currently no major industries located in Antonito, but the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad has one terminus in Antonito and the other in Chama, New Mexico.

Due to a poor economy, many vacant buildings define the town, including a historic Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad depot, one of only a few lava rock depots still existing in the United States. A library, tire repair shop and a new medical clinic have opened in recent years and Family Dollar recently built a store in Antonito.

Notable citizens[edit]

  • Carlos Lucero, first Hispanic president of the Colorado Bar Association; in 1995 became the first Hispanic judge to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. August 18, 2007. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Antonito town, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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