Hartsel, Colorado

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Hartsel, Colorado
Unincorporated community
U.S. Highway 24 passing through Hartsel
U.S. Highway 24 passing through Hartsel
Coordinates: 39°01′17″N 105°47′45″W / 39.02139°N 105.79583°W / 39.02139; -105.79583Coordinates: 39°01′17″N 105°47′45″W / 39.02139°N 105.79583°W / 39.02139; -105.79583
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Park[1]
Founded 1880
Elevation 8,864 ft (2,702 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 677
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] 80449
Railroad Depot in Hartsel, 1916

Hartsel is an unincorporated community with a U.S. Post Office located in Park County, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1880, Hartsel is at the geographic center of the state, it is often referred to as "The Heart of Colorado". The namesake of the community is Samuel Hartsel, a local cattle rancher who came to Park County in 1860 and left in 1908. He also raised pigs and sheep and grew on fifteen thousand acres oats, wheat, barley, rye, and hay. He developed the Hartsel hot springs and build a sawmill, blacksmith shop, and a trading post to lay the groundwork for the town.[3]

The Hartsel Post Office has the ZIP Code 80449.[2] The ZCTA for 80449 had a population of 677 at the 2000 census.[4]


Hartsel is located at 39°01′17″N 105°47′45″W / 39.02139°N 105.79583°W / 39.02139; -105.79583 (39.021318,-105.795765).

According to the United States Census Bureau the town has a total area of 605.10 square miles (973.60 km²), 601.18 square miles (967.29 km²) is land and 3.92 square miles (6.30 km²) is covered with water. Hartsel's elevation is 2,702 meters (8,864 feet).


As of the census of 2000,[4] the population of ZIP code 80449 was 677 with 284 households. The population density was 1.13 per square mile (1.81 per km²). The racial makeup of the ZIP code was 94.1% White, 0.9% Native American, 2.7% other races, and 2.4% from two or more races.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. December 28, 2006. Retrieved December 28, 2006. 
  3. ^ Laura King Van Dusen, "Samuel Hartsel: 1860s Pioneer Rancher, One of Colorado's First Cattlemen. Founded Town of Hartsel", Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2013), ISBN 978-1-62619-161-7, pp. 21-27.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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