Buena Vista, Colorado
|Town of Buena Vista, Colorado|
|Motto: "8,000 Feet Above Average"|
Location in Chaffee County and the State of Colorado
|State||State of Colorado|
|Incorporated||November 8, 1879|
|• Type||Statutory Town|
|• Total||3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)|
|• Land||3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||7,965 ft (2,428 m)|
|• Density||645.6/sq mi (246.6/km2)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||0189268|
|Website||Town of Buena Vista|
Buena Vista is located in central Colorado roughly midway between Salida and Leadville in the Upper Arkansas River Valley at an elevation of 7,965 feet (2,428 m). The area between Buena Vista and Salida is often referred to as the "Banana Belt", due to its relatively mild winters. The term "Banana Belt" actually refers to the fact that Buena Vista lies in a wide valley and is a high mountain desert with milder temperatures than nearby communities such as those on the I-70 corridor. The town lies at the base of the 14,000+ peaks of the Collegiate Peaks, Mt. Princeton, Mt. Yale, Mt. Columbia, and Mt. Harvard, of the Sawatch Range. In summer, Buena Vista is a popular access point for world-class whitewater rafting, kayaking, and fly fishing on the Arkansas River, and mountain climbing and backpacking on local 14ers and the Colorado Trail. Sizable elk and deer herds attract hunters in the winter months, and bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and antelope are also indigenous to the area.
Buena Vista incorporated in 1879 and grew as a railroad town serving the local silver, gold, and lead mining industry, with three rail lines including the Denver & Rio Grande, South Park & Pacific, and Colorado Midland railroads. Many of the existing buildings of Buena Vista date back to this era, and were built in the 1880s and 1890s.
Note: The name "Buena Vista," Spanish for "Beautiful View," can often be heard pronounced locally as "Biewna Vista." This Americanized pronunciation was specified by Alsina Dearheimer, who chose this name for the town, which was officially selected over other names (Cottonwood, Mahonville) on the occasion of the town's incorporation. Alternate pronunciations include "Bwena Veesta" (Spanish pronunciation) and simply "Biewnie." Many residents simply refer to the town as "BV."
Buena Vista is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,195 people, 978 households, and 622 families residing in the town. The population density was 638.6 people per square mile (246.4/km²). There were 1,124 housing units at an average density of 327.0 per square mile (126.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.81% White, 0.09% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.73% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.74% of the population.
There were 978 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $34,800, and the median income for a family was $40,455. Males had a median income of $32,841 versus $25,486 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,920. About 9.4% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
Trustees recall election
Two weeks later, after the trustees determined that was not the best course of action after they were informed by the Mayor's attorney that the trustees could be in violation of the mayors First Amendment rights, they voted to withdraw the letter of dismissal.
After five Buena Vista town trustees tried to remove mayor Russell for writing the article, a recall of three of the trustees was initiated in January 2009 for a special election in April 2009 which failed.
Mayor Russell was reelected April 6, 2010, and resigned on April 20, 2010 to run for County Clerk for Chaffee County Colorado in 2010. On April 16, 2010, Russell filed a Federal lawsuit against the Town of Buena Vista and 5 town trustees for violation of her First Amendment rights.
Cara Russell and the Town of Buena Vista settled a lawsuit; she received an undisclosed amount and received an apology for violation of her First Amendment rights.
US 24 is an east-west highway running from Interstate 75 near Clarkston, Michigan to the intersection with Interstate 70, near Minturn, Colorado. Its western terminus is located just 64 miles (103 km) north of Buena Vista.
The short segment between US 50 at Poncha Springs and US 24 at Buena Vista was originally U.S. Route 650, designated in 1926. US 285 was commissioned in 1936 along its present extent from Sanderson to Denver, mostly replacing state-numbered highways.
Chaffee County Road 306 leaves Buena Vista and travels west to the summit of Cottonwood Pass (elevation 12126 feet / 3696 meters). This road is closed during the snowy months, typically late October to April or May, but when open allows travelers a more direct route to Gunnison and Crested Butte than US 50 crossing Monarch Pass to the south of town.
- Outline of Colorado
- State of Colorado
- Arkansas River
- Cottonwood Pass
- Mount Princeton
- "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Russell, Cara (October 29, 2008). "How big a payoff do you want?". Chaffee County Times.
- Mayor column prompts call for her removal. - Chaffee County Times.
- Mayor requests hearing on her removal. - Chaffee County Times.
- Trustees rescind removal letter. - Chaffee County Times.
- Chaffee County Times http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=5607
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- Mayor Russell Legal Defense Fund.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Buena Vista, Colorado.|
- Town of Buena Vista website
- CDOT map of the Town of Buena Vista
- Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce
- Buena Vista photos and information
- Chaffee County Times (local newspaper)