Villa Grove, Colorado

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Villa Grove, Colorado
Unincorporated community
Villa Grove in winter.
Villa Grove in winter.
Villa Grove, Colorado is located in Colorado
Villa Grove, Colorado
Location in Saguache County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°14′53″N 105°56′56″W / 38.24806°N 105.94889°W / 38.24806; -105.94889Coordinates: 38°14′53″N 105°56′56″W / 38.24806°N 105.94889°W / 38.24806; -105.94889
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Saguache County[1]
Established 1870[2]
Elevation[1] 7,986 ft (2,434 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[3] 81155
GNIS feature ID 0204776

Villa Grove is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Post Office located in Saguache County, Colorado, United States. The Villa Grove Post Office has the ZIP Code 81155.[3]

History[edit]

The town of Garibaldi was established by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1870.[2] The town served as the southern terminus of the Rio Grande's narrow-gauge Poncha Pass line from 1870 to 1890.[2] The town was named for Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi.[2] The Garibaldi Post Office opened on June 13, 1870.[4] The town's name was changed to the less political Villa Grove on January 19, 1872.[4] The spelling of the town's name was changed to Villagrove on October 12, 1894, and back to Villa Grove on July 1, 1950.[4]

Edit by adobevp: The railroad did not go through the town of Garibaldi nor was its name changed to Villa Grove. These are two separate locations. Garibaldi consisted of the private residence of Ernest Dietrich. Villa Grove was originally a Barlow and Sanderson stage stop called Norton's Villa after a man named Frank Norton. The name was changed from Norton's Villa to Villa Grove on January 19, 1872 and a post office was established. On October 12, 1894, the spelling of the name was changed to Villagrove, and back to Villa Grove in 1900.

INFORMATION VERIFIABLE IN THE BOOK: Postmarks and Places by George Harlan. Page 19. Published 2002 by Adobe Village Press. (Originally published in 1976) We can submit a copy of this book if necessary.

Geography[edit]

Villa Grove is located at 38°14′53″N 105°56′56″W / 38.24806°N 105.94889°W / 38.24806; -105.94889 (38.248157,-105.948887).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d Eichler, Geo. R. (1977). Colorado Place Names. 77-089726: Johnson Publishing Company. 
  3. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. January 3, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c Bauer, William H.; James L. Ozment, John H. Willard (1990). Colorado Post Offices 1859-1989. 90-34759: The Colorado Railroad Museum. ISBN 0-918654-42-4.