Keota, Colorado

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Keota is a mostly abandoned town located on the prairie in the Pawnee National Grasslands in Weld County in the U.S. state of Colorado.

History[edit]

Keota was established as a homestead in 1880 by two sisters, Mary and Eva Beardsley and sold to the Lincoln Land and Cattle Co. in 1888. Keota's name is an Indian meaning gone to visit or the fire has gone out but we are not exactly sure other people and web sites call it different names know one will ever tell. Keota was a station stop on the "Old Prairie Dog Express" on the Colorado-Wyoming Division of the Burlington Missouri -Railroad. The railroad was abandoned and the trackage removed in 1975. The rail road was mainly used for cattle shipping. Keota lost its incorporated status in 1990. There were four different newspapers at four different times from 1908-1975. The last operating post office closed in 1890. The school was established in 1888 and closed sometime in 1951. The foundation is still there.

The foundation of the Keota Schoolhouse.

The schoolhouse was torn down in the 1950s. The Dean Bivens family, who maintained the roads, moved out in September, 1999. As of 2008, the town is home to several residents in modern houses surrounding the historic townsite. There are remains of the general store, several houses, and foundations on what was the northside of the town along with several foundations (including the foundation of the previously-mentioned Schoolhouse).

The town of Line Camp in James A. Michener's novel Centennial ″was drawn from Keota.″[1]

Keota water tower

Keota water tower still stands to this day however, is not in operation and would likely no longer be safe for storage of public drinking water. Water was once brought to Keota via rail cars due to its isolated location on Colorado's eastern plains. the weather in Keota is terribly hot in the summer and spring time in the night it drops about ten degrees.

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Coordinates: 40°42′10″N 104°04′31″W / 40.70278°N 104.07528°W / 40.70278; -104.07528