Rosita, Colorado

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Rosita, Colorado
Town
Rosita, Colorado is located in Colorado
Rosita, Colorado
Location in Custer County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°05′50″N 105°20′10″W / 38.09722°N 105.33611°W / 38.09722; -105.33611Coordinates: 38°05′50″N 105°20′10″W / 38.09722°N 105.33611°W / 38.09722; -105.33611
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Custer County[1]
Founded 1872
Government
 • Type ghost town
Elevation[1] 2,685 m (8,809 ft)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] Westcliffe 81252
Area code(s) 719
GNIS feature ID 0192319

Rosita was a silver mining town — now a ghost town — in Custer County, Colorado, United States. Rosita is Spanish for little rose. Although the old town has almost entirely disappeared (the former post office building is now an operating restaurant),[3] the surrounding area has been largely developed into semi-rural home sites.

The town was used in the filming of the 1958 western movie Saddle the Wind.

History[edit]

Rosita was founded in late 1872 by prospectors attracted by discoveries of silver. The town was composed of tents and log cabins, but soon had stores, carpenters, a hotel, saloon, blacksmith shop, and an assayer. By 1874 the town had more than a thousand residents and 400 buildings. A US post office opened in 1874, and in September 1874 the Rosita Index began as a weekly newspaper. Rosita took the seat of Custer County away from Ula (now also a ghost town) in 1878.

Despite some rich strikes in the Pocahantas and Humboldt mines, the silver veins around Rosita ran out of ore in a few years. In the early 1880s, Rosita was surpassed by the nearby mining towns of Querida and Silver Cliff. After a bitter four-year fight, Silver Cliff took the county seat from Rosita in the 1886 election, and Rosita declined further. The US post office was closed in 1966.[4] ZIP code 81252 now serves Rosita, but mail must be addressed to Westcliffe.[2]

Geography[edit]

Rosita is at an elevation of 8809 feet (2685 m), at 38°05′50″N 105°20′10″W / 38.09722°N 105.33611°W / 38.09722; -105.33611.

See also[edit]

List of ghost towns in Colorado

References[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,008
1890 304 −69.8%
1900 110 −63.8%
1910 42 −61.8%
1920 45 7.1%
1930 27 −40.0%
  1. ^ a b "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. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  3. ^ Letter Drop Inn Restaurant - Fine Dining in Historic Rosita Colorado
  4. ^ Gayle Turk (1975) Wet Mountain Valley, Colorado Springs: Little London Press, p.9-21.

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