Hugo, Colorado

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Town of Hugo, Colorado
Statutory Town
Downtown Hugo, looking northwest along U.S. Highway 40.
Downtown Hugo, looking northwest along U.S. Highway 40.
Location in Lincoln County and the state of Colorado
Location in Lincoln County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°8′1″N 103°28′5″W / 39.13361°N 103.46806°W / 39.13361; -103.46806Coordinates: 39°8′1″N 103°28′5″W / 39.13361°N 103.46806°W / 39.13361; -103.46806
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Lincoln County Seat[1]
Incorporated June 21, 1909[2]
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Total 1 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Land 1 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 5,039 ft (1,536 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 885
 • Density 885/sq mi (354/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 80821
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-37875
GNIS feature ID 195141
Website City of Hugo Colorado

The Town of Hugo is the Statutory Town that is the county seat of Lincoln County, Colorado, United States.[5] The town population was 730 at the U.S. Census 2010.


In about 1859 the town was developed as a cattle ranching community to supply miners with provisions. The town was also used as a local stage coach stop.[6]

There are two stories of how the town obtained its name. One version says the town was named after pioneer Hugh Richards. Another story says the town was named for Richard Hugo, a local settler.[7] The town was founded in 1870,[8] and was incorporated in 1909.[9]


Hugo is located at 39°8′1″N 103°28′5″W / 39.13361°N 103.46806°W / 39.13361; -103.46806 (39.133520, -103.468089).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land. Hugo's elevation is 5,039 ft. above sea level.


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 885 people, 353 households, and 230 families residing in the town. The population density was 917.3 people per square mile (355.9/km²). There were 440 housing units at an average density of 456.0 per square mile (177.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.38% White, 0.79% African American, 1.24% Native American, 0.45% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.84% of the population.

There were 353 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,259, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $20,536 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,669. About 10.4% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education and Culture[edit]

Hugo is served by the Genoa-Hugo School District No. C-113 and includes Genoa-Hugo Elementary School, Genoa-Hugo Middle School and Genoa-Hugo High School. Hugo also has a town public library, with about 8,000 volumes, 180 video materials and 100 audio materials. The library is located in the Hugo municipal building. Also, the Eastern Trails Museum and Cultural Arts Center, the historic Hugo Kansas-Pacific/Union Pacific Roundhouse, the Union Pacific Train Depot Town Museum, and the historic Hedlund House Museum are all located in Hugo.


Hugo's municipal public park, Hines Park, features a vintage swimming pool — constructed as a Works Project Administration facility in the 1930s and designated as a historic site by the National Register of Historic Places — as well a picnic area, playgrounds, a volleyball court and a basketball court. The municipal building has a raquetball court on the grounds. The Coulson Nature Trail is a 2.5-mile wildlife and nature hiking trail on the outskirts of town. Kinney Lake State Wildlife Area is 14 miles south of Hugo, and features a 10-acre lake for fishing and recreation, camping and hunting (deer, antelope, rabbit, coyote, waterfowl) during licensed season.


The Eastern Colorado Plainsman is the weekly newspaper serving Hugo and the surrounding communities. It has a weekly circulation of 1,200. There is an FM radio station licensed for Hugo, as well as an AM radio station in Limon — about 10 miles northwest of Hugo, and a television repeater station and tower in Flagler — about 12 miles northeast of Hugo.

Notable Residents[edit]

  • "Bev" Bledsoe - Colorado's longest serving Speaker of the Colorado State House of Representatives was a rancher from Hugo. Bledsoe, a Republican, was first elected to the state legislature in 1972 and served as Speaker from 1981 to 1991.

See also[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. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  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. Retrieved October 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Hugo's History". City of Hugo. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Hugo, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "City of Hugo Colorado". City of Hugo Colorado. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hugo, Colorado". Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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