Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

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Town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
Town
Location in Grand County and the state of Colorado
Location in Grand County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 40°4′24″N 106°6′5″W / 40.07333°N 106.10139°W / 40.07333; -106.10139Coordinates: 40°4′24″N 106°6′5″W / 40.07333°N 106.10139°W / 40.07333; -106.10139
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Grand County Seat[1]
Established 1860
Incorporated (town) April 1, 1903[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 7,680 ft (2,341 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 521
 • Density 651.3/sq mi (260.5/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[3] 80451 (PO Box)
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-37600
GNIS feature ID 0173265

The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs is a Statutory Town near Byers Canyon between Granby and Kremmling 1 hour 45 minutes northwest of Denver and 30 minutes west of Winter Park Resort. It is the county seat of Grand County, Colorado, United States.[4] The town population was 521 at the U.S. Census 2000, and is at an elevation of 7,680 feet (2341 m).

History[edit]

Hot Sulphur Springs was originally a winter campground for Native Americans who came to use the hot springs for medicinal purposes. In 1840 William Newton Byers, founder of the Rocky Mountain News discovered the springs. The town was established in 1860, making it the oldest town in the county, originally named Saratoga West and sometimes called Warm Springs.

In 1863 the town site was bought by Byers in a backroom deal with a Minnesota Sioux woman despite a treaty naming the Ute tribe as the lawful owners, who unsuccessfully sued Byers, while Byers and territorial governors William Gilpin and John Evans launched a "The Utes Must Go" campaign with the help of the U.S. Cavalry. Wishing to create a world-famous spa and resort ("the American Switzerland"), Byers changed the name and surveyed, platted, and named the streets, attracting famous visitors including Zane Grey and John Wesley Powell.[5] The first pool house was built ca. 1900.

When Grand County was formed, it was the first county seat from 1874 to 1882, after which it moved to Grand Lake. The county seat returned in 1888 and has been there ever since.

Byers died on March 25, 1903. The town was incorporated on April 1, 1903.[2] His original family cabin is located at 204 Byers Avenue along what is now Highway 40, and still exists to this day. The building is currently the county's only mortuary.

The first winter carnival in Hot Sulphur Springs was held on December 31, 1911. The success of this event led to a 3-day carnival which took place on February 10–12, 1912. The following winter, a second annual winter carnival was planned in conjunction with the first Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Carnival. This series of events led to the creation of Howelson Hill in Steamboat Springs, and is credited with playing a large role in the birth of the Colorado ski industry.[6]

The big plans of Byers were prevented by the slow arrival of the railroad in 1928 (after the construction of the Moffatt Tunnel), and eventually the railroad quit stopping there, although the town is still a resort attracting many visitors. The first lodging rooms opened in 1926.

In 1997 the resort was extensively renovated, and the Ute tribal spiritual leader blessed the waters at the opening ceremony, attended by almost 1,000, which welcomed the Utes to use the springs once again.

Payday was always the last day of the month and was considered a dangerous day because of the many gunfights that occurred. Because Halloween is October 31, the last day of the month, the people of the town celebrated Halloween on the 30th to keep children safe, which continues to the present day.

Geography[edit]

Hot Sulphur Springs is located at 40°4′24″N 106°6′5″W / 40.07333°N 106.10139°W / 40.07333; -106.10139 (40.073318, -106.101470)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Climate[edit]

This climate type is dominated by the winter season, a long, bitterly cold period with short, clear days, relatively little precipitation mostly in the form of snow, and low humidity. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hot Sulphur Springs has a subarctic climate, abbreviated "Dfc" on climate maps.[8]

Climate data for Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4
(39)
7
(45)
12
(53)
17
(62)
22
(71)
28
(82)
31
(87)
30
(86)
25
(77)
18
(65)
9
(49)
6
(42)
17.4
(63.2)
Average low °C (°F) −10
(14)
−7
(19)
−3
(26)
2
(35)
8
(46)
14
(57)
16
(61)
16
(60)
10
(50)
3
(37)
−4
(24)
−9
(16)
3
(37.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 13
(0.5)
13
(0.5)
33
(1.3)
46
(1.8)
86
(3.4)
74
(2.9)
66
(2.6)
53
(2.1)
28
(1.1)
23
(0.9)
18
(0.7)
10
(0.4)
463
(18.2)
Source: Weatherbase [9]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 521 people, 196 households, and 131 families residing in the town. The population density was 674.5 people per square mile (261.2/km²). There were 227 housing units at an average density of 293.9 per square mile (113.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.82% White, 0.38% African American, 1.92% Native American, 2.11% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.10% of the population.

There were 196 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% 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 2.98.

Houses in Hot Sulphur Springs

In the town the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 122.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,306, and the median income for a family was $46,000. Males had a median income of $42,431 versus $20,208 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,012. About 2.3% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Amenities[edit]

The Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa is located in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado. The natural hot springs are heated from geothermal activity.[11]

The Pioneer Village Museum is another attraction.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved October 6, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Colorado's Hot Springs, by Deborah Frazier George, 2nd Edition, 2000, pp. 18-19.
  6. ^ http://www.coloradoskiauthority.com/history/ski-resort-timeline/
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Hot Sulpher Springs, Colorado
  9. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on October 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Hot Sulphur Springs - Pools

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