Limon, Colorado

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Town of Limon, Colorado
Town
Limon, Colorado
Limon, Colorado
Nickname(s): Hub City of Eastern Colorado
Location in Lincoln County and the state of Colorado
Location in Lincoln County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°15′50″N 103°41′32″W / 39.26389°N 103.69222°W / 39.26389; -103.69222Coordinates: 39°15′50″N 103°41′32″W / 39.26389°N 103.69222°W / 39.26389; -103.69222
Country United States
State Colorado
County[1] Lincoln
Incorporated (town) November 18, 1909[2]
Government[3]
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Mayor Julie Coonts
 • Town Administrator Joe Kiely
 • High Sheriff Morgan Honea
Area
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 • Land 1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4] 5,377 ft (1,639 m)
Population (2010)[5]
 • Total 1,880
 • Density 990/sq mi (390/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[6] 80826, 80828
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-44980
GNIS feature ID 0204819
Website Town of Limon

Limon is a Statutory Town that is the most populous town in Lincoln County, Colorado, United States immediately east of Elbert County. The population was 1,880 at the 2010 census. Limon has been called the "Hub City" of Eastern Colorado because Interstate 70, U.S. Highways 24, 40, and 287, and State Highways 71 and 86 all pass through the town.[7] The Limon Correctional Facility is part of the Colorado Department of Corrections system and is a major employer in the area with employment of roughly 350. Limon is listed as the official AASHTO control city for signs on Interstate 70 between Denver and Hays, Kansas, although westbound signs in both Colorado and Kansas often omit Limon and list the larger city of Denver.

Limon is the western terminus of the Kyle Railroad and it is here the shortline interchanges with the Union Pacific Railroad. Trains previously stopped at Limon Railroad Depot.

History[edit]

The town was named for John Limon, meaning lemon in Spanish, a railroad construction supervisor.[8]

Limon was the site of one of the most gruesome lynchings in American history on November 16, 1900. Preston Porter Jr, who had confessed to the murder of a white girl, was led by rope through town, and then tied to a stake and burned to death. He screamed out to be shot, but onlookers only heaped on more fuel, according to an article in the November 17, 1900 edition of The New York Times.[9]

Geography[edit]

Limon is located at 39°15′50″N 103°41′32″W / 39.26389°N 103.69222°W / 39.26389; -103.69222 at an elevation of 5,377 feet (1,639 m).[4] It lies on the north side of Big Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Arkansas River, on the eastern edge of the Colorado Piedmont region of the Great Plains, and is near the eastern end of the Palmer Divide.[10][11] Located in east-central Colorado at the junction of Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 40, U.S. Highway 24, and State Highway 71, Limon is far from any major city or town, being 72 miles (116 km) northeast of Colorado Springs, 83 miles (134 km) southeast of Denver, and 486 miles (782 km) west of Kansas City.[12][13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land.[14]

Climate[edit]

Limon has a semi-arid steppe climate (Köppen BSk) with cold, dry winters and warm, mildly wetter summers. Due to its location on the eastern plains, the town is often subject to severe, sometimes violent thunderstorms throughout the summer. Large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain, and tornadoes are common in the summer months. The average temperature in Limon is 47.3 °F (8.5 °C), and the average relative humidity is 56%.[15][16] Over the course of a year, temperatures range from an average low of 10 °F (−12 °C) in December to an average high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July.[17] The high temperature reaches or exceeds 90 °F (32 °C) an average of 26 days a year and reaches or exceeds 100 °F (38 °C) an average of 0.6 days a year. The minimum temperature falls below the freezing point 32 °F (0 °C) an average of 188 days a year. Typically, the first fall freeze occurs by the fourth week of September, and the last spring freeze occurs by the third week of May. In a typical year, Limon receives 16 inches (410 mm) of precipitation, and there are 82 days of measurable precipitation. Annual snowfall averages 43 inches (110 cm). Measurable snowfall occurs an average of 31 days a year with at least an inch of snow being received on 12 of those days. Snow depth of at least an inch occurs an average of 50 days a year.[15] On average, December is the coldest month, July is the hottest month, and August is the wettest month. The hottest temperature recorded in Limon was 100 °F (38 °C) in 1990; the coldest temperature recorded was -27 °F (-33 °C) in 1984.[17]

Climate data for Limon, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
(23)
73
(23)
82
(28)
88
(31)
90
(32)
100
(38)
99
(37)
99
(37)
96
(36)
86
(30)
78
(26)
74
(23)
100
(38)
Average high °F (°C) 42
(6)
44
(7)
53
(12)
61
(16)
70
(21)
80
(27)
87
(31)
84
(29)
76
(24)
64
(18)
51
(11)
41
(5)
62.8
(17.3)
Average low °F (°C) 11
(−12)
13
(−11)
20
(−7)
28
(−2)
38
(3)
47
(8)
53
(12)
52
(11)
42
(6)
30
(−1)
19
(−7)
10
(−12)
30.3
(−1)
Record low °F (°C) −27
(−33)
−24
(−31)
−13
(−25)
4
(−16)
18
(−8)
33
(1)
41
(5)
37
(3)
17
(−8)
1
(−17)
−11
(−24)
−22
(−30)
−27
(−33)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.33
(8.4)
0.48
(12.2)
0.84
(21.3)
1.39
(35.3)
1.99
(50.5)
2.41
(61.2)
2.48
(63)
2.83
(71.9)
0.85
(21.6)
1.01
(25.7)
0.60
(15.2)
0.37
(9.4)
15.58
(395.7)
Snowfall inches (cm) 6.1
(15.5)
6.4
(16.3)
6.5
(16.5)
5.3
(13.5)
1.6
(4.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
3.2
(8.1)
8.3
(21.1)
5.4
(13.7)
43
(109.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.0 4.3 6.5 7.5 10.5 9.2 9.2 10.4 6.0 5.0 4.8 4.4 81.8
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 4.7 4.6 5.1 3.6 0.7 0 0 0 0.4 1.7 4.6 5.1 30.5
Source: National Weather Service;[15] The Weather Channel[17]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 534
1920 1,047 96.1%
1930 1,100 5.1%
1940 1,053 −4.3%
1950 1,471 39.7%
1960 1,811 23.1%
1970 1,814 0.2%
1980 1,805 −0.5%
1990 1,831 1.4%
2000 2,071 13.1%
2010 1,880 −9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census, there were 1,880 people, 828 households, and 476 families residing in the town. The population density was 989.5 people per square mile (382/km²). There were 963 housing units at an average density of 506.8 per square mile (200.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.2% White, 0.9% American Indian, 0.8% African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.8% from some other race, and 1.5% from two or more races. 9.4% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.[5]

There were 828 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27, and the average family size was 3.00.[5]

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males age 18 and over.[5]

As of 2009, the median income for a household in the town was $40,903, and the median income for a family was $46,061. Males had a median income of $49,097 versus $31,615 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,442. About 16.6% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.5% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.[18]

1990 Tornado[edit]

On June 6, 1990 a tornado rated an F3 touched down near Matheson (about 16 miles west of Limon) tearing roughly east-northeast through fields. Minutes later, the then rain-wrapped tornado arrived, devastating the city. The storm killed 2 people and injured 14 others. Most of Limon's business district had been lain in ruins in just moments.

Governor Roy Romer declared Limon a disaster area the next day.[19]

Media[edit]

Print[edit]

The Limon Leader is the city's weekly newspaper, published by Hoffman Publications, LLC and has a circulation of about 3,200 copies.[20]

Radio[edit]

The following radio stations are licensed to and/or broadcast from Limon:

AM

Frequency Callsign[21] Format[22] City of License Notes
1120 KLIM Adult Contemporary Limon, Colorado -

FM

Frequency Callsign[23] Format[22] City of License Notes
89.1 KYCO Limon, Colorado -
89.9 K210CC Public Limon, Colorado NPR; Translator of KRCC, Colorado Springs, Colorado[24]
91.9 K220IK Religious Limon, Colorado Translator of KAWZ, Twin Falls, Idaho[25]
93.7 KIIQ Classic Hits Limon, Colorado -

Television[edit]

Limon is in the Denver television market.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Town of Limon, Colorado - Officials/Staff". Town of Limon. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
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  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 14, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Town of Limon, Colorado - Home". Town of Limon. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  8. ^ "Profile for Limon, Colorado". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Boy Burned at the Stake in Colorado" NewYorkTimes.com, 17 November 1900. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  10. ^ "Limon City Map". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  11. ^ "Physiographic Provinces of Colorado". Colorado Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  12. ^ "Colorado Travel Map". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
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  14. ^ "Colorado: 2000 - Population and Housing Counts". United States Census Bureau. July 2003. p. 18. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  15. ^ a b c "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Weather Service Forecast Office - Denver-Boulder, CO. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  16. ^ "Historical Weather for Limon, Colorado, United States of America". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  17. ^ a b c "Average weather for Limon, CO". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  18. ^ "Limon town, Colorado - Selected Economic Characteristics: 2005-2009". 2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  19. ^ Colorado Tornadoes
  20. ^ "Limon Leader". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  21. ^ "AMQ AM Radio Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  22. ^ a b "Radio Stations in Limon, Colorado". Radio-Locator. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  23. ^ "FMQ FM Radio Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  24. ^ "Frequencies". Radio Colorado College. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  25. ^ "CSN Stations". CSN International. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  26. ^ "Colorado TV Markets Map". EchoStar Knowledge Base. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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