Conifer, Colorado

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Conifer, Colorado
Unincorporated Community
Sign along Highway 285.
Sign along Highway 285.
Location within the state of Colorado
Location within the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°31′16″N 105°18′19″W / 39.52111°N 105.30528°W / 39.52111; -105.30528Coordinates: 39°31′16″N 105°18′19″W / 39.52111°N 105.30528°W / 39.52111; -105.30528[1]
Country United States
State Colorado
County Jefferson County
Settled 1860s
Government
 • Type Unincorporated community
Elevation[1] 8,277 ft (2,523 m)
Population (2009 [3])
 • Total 19,683 [2]
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 80433 [4]
Area code(s) 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-16770 [1]
GNIS feature ID 0204717 [1]
Website Conifer CoC

Conifer is an unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States.[1] Conifer is located along U.S. Route 285 in the foothills west of Denver.

History[edit]

A post office called Conifer was established in 1894.[5] Some say the community was named after George Conifer, the proprietor of a local tavern, while others believe conifer trees near the original town site caused the name to be selected.[6]

Geography[edit]

Conifer is located at 39°31′16″N 105°18′19″W / 39.52111°N 105.30528°W / 39.52111; -105.30528 (39.5210995,-105.3052708).[1] A magnitude 3.1 tremor centered on Berrian Mountain about 1 mile north of Conifer occurred on November 1, 1981, at 8:03 p.m. MST.[citation needed]

Landmarks[edit]

  • The Clifton House Inn, Jefferson County Register of Historic Places
  • Conifer Junction School, National Register of Historic Places
  • The Conley Coffee Shop, Jefferson County Register of Historic Places
  • The Lubin-Blakeslee Place at Meyer Ranch, Conifer, Jefferson County Register of Historic Places
  • Midway House at Meyers Ranch, built 1889, National Register of Historic Places 5JF.303
  • Original Elk Creek Fire House, Jefferson County Register of Historic Places
  • Pleasant Park School, built 1894, Colorado Register of Historic Places 5JF.972
  • Yellow Barn at Bradford Junction, built 1918, Jefferson County Register of Historic Places
  • Coney Island Hot Dog Stand for many years it was in Aspen Park area of Conifer, but was moved to the nearby community of Bailey.

Education[edit]

Students living within Jefferson County attend Jefferson County schools. Those neighborhood schools are Elk Creek Elementary School, West Jefferson Elementary School, Marshdale Elementary School, West Jefferson Middle School, and Conifer High School. In 2011, Conifer High School was ranked 434 in the top 500 schools in the nation by Newsweek.[7]

Infrastructure[edit]

Conifer residents are served by the Elk Creek Fire Protection District, a mixed career/volunteer fire department with approximately 60 active duty firefighters.

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