Deer Trail, Colorado
|Town of Deer Trail, Colorado|
Deer Trail, Colorado
|Nickname(s): "Home of the World's First Rodeo"|
Location of Deer Trail in Arapahoe County, Colorado.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|State||State of Colorado|
|Incorporated||February 3, 1920|
|• Type||Statutory Town|
|• Total||1.07 sq mi (2.79 km2)|
|• Land||1.07 sq mi (2.77 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)|
|Elevation||5,190 ft (1,582 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||681|
|• Density||635.85/sq mi (245.45/km2)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|Area code(s)||Both 303 and 720|
|GNIS feature ID||0185065|
The Town of Deer Trail is a Statutory Town in eastern Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 546. Deer Trail is situated along Interstate 70, approximately 55 miles (89 km) east of Denver.
Deer Trail was founded when the Kansas Pacific Railway built a station in what is now Deer Trail in 1870. The town was platted by the railway in 1875 and soon became a shipping point for grain, livestock, and eggs. By the late 1920s Deer Trail grew into a town larger than it is today with two banks, five grocery stores, and three hotels. The Great Depression of the 1930s took a major toll on the town's economy, and a further blow took place in June 1965 when a devastating flood destroyed or severely damaged the businesses along main street. Many of these buildings were never rebuilt. Deer Trail hosted the first rodeo exhibition on July 4, 1869.
One place that has stood the test of time is the meat lockers. Not only is this one of the very few meat processing facilities in the state but it has also been a part of the Deer Trail community for many years. Recently celebrating its 70th year anniversary built in the early 1900’s the lockers, now called DenCo Meats are still serving our community. Recently under new ownership the lockers have revived their efforts to increase awareness and promote a healthier choice of food. Working with only hand selected farmers who are committed to healthy sustainable farming, DenCo Meats is helping the state of Colorado change the way we eat.
As of the census of 2000, there were 598 people, 247 households, and 162 families residing in the town. The population density was 596.5 people per square mile (230.9/km²). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 273.3 per square mile (105.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.32% White, 0.33% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.84% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.
There were 247 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,481, and the median income for a family was $35,357. Males had a median income of $31,324 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,000. About 3.0% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Deer Trail is served by Deer Trail School District 26J. Deer Trail School District 26J has one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. The three schools are Deer Trail Elementary School, Deer Trail Middle School and Deer Trail High School. The school mascot is the Eagles.
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- Town of Deer Trail considering hunting licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles, bounties for drones; Denver ABC 7 TV; July 16, 2013.
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