Holly, Colorado

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Town of Holly, Colorado
Statutory Town
Holly railroad depot
Holly railroad depot
Location in Prowers County and the state of Colorado
Location in Prowers County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°3′16″N 102°7′31″W / 38.05444°N 102.12528°W / 38.05444; -102.12528Coordinates: 38°3′16″N 102°7′31″W / 38.05444°N 102.12528°W / 38.05444; -102.12528
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Prowers
Incorporated (town) September 4, 1903[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 3,392 ft (1,034 m)
Population (United States Census, 2010)
 • Total 802
 • Density 1,310/sq mi (524/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 81047
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-37215
GNIS feature ID 0203843
Website Town of Holly Colorado
Holly welcome sign
A spruce tree, not a holly tree, in Holly, Colorado
First Christian Church in Holly
First United Methodist Church in Holly is located across the highway from First Christian Church.

The Town of Holly is a Statutory Town in Prowers County in southeastern Colorado, United States, near the Kansas border. Located four miles (6 km) from the Kansas border at an elevation of 3,392 feet (1,034 m), Holly is the least elevated town in Colorado. The population was 1,048 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Holly was settled as a ranching community, and the town was incorporated in 1903.[5] The town was named for Hiram S. Holly, a local rancher.[6] Hiram S. Holly moved to the town in 1871, and brought 1,300 cattle with him. Holly's ranch was the first settlement in the area.[7]

Holly Sugar[edit]

Holly Sugar was created in the town in 1905 just in time for the sugarbeet harvest that year. The production was so successful the company quickly looked to expand to other communities. By 1911, Holly Sugar had expanded outside the State of Colorado. The company has long since left the Holly community. In 1988, Holly Sugar merged with Imperial Sugar.[8]

2007 Holly Tornado[edit]

A tornado up to 600-feet wide tore through the small southeast Colorado town of Holly late Wednesday evening, killing one woman and injuring 10 others. The twister threw 29-year-old Rosemary Rosales into a tree. She died of massive injuries, Prowers County Coroner Joe Giadone said Thursday. Rosales and 10 others were initially transported to Prowers Medical Center in Lamar. She and six others were then airlifted to high level trauma centers in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

2011 Jensen Farms Listeriosis Outbreak[edit]

Geography[edit]

Holly is located at 38°3′16″N 102°7′31″W / 38.05444°N 102.12528°W / 38.05444; -102.12528 (38.054520, -102.125398).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land

Climate[edit]

The Köppen Climate system classifies the weather as semi-arid, abbreviated as BSk.[10]

Climate data for Holly, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
(44)
10
(50)
15
(59)
20
(68)
25
(77)
31
(87)
34
(93)
33
(91)
28
(82)
22
(71)
14
(57)
8
(46)
20.6
(68.8)
Average low °C (°F) −10
(14)
−7
(19)
−3
(26)
2
(35)
8
(46)
14
(57)
16
(60)
15
(59)
10
(50)
2
(35)
−4
(24)
−8
(17)
2.9
(36.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 10
(0.4)
13
(0.5)
23
(0.9)
36
(1.4)
61
(2.4)
56
(2.2)
61
(2.4)
53
(2.1)
30
(1.2)
23
(0.9)
15
(0.6)
13
(0.5)
394
(15.5)
Source: Weatherbase [11]


Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 364
1910 724 98.9%
1920 940 29.8%
1930 971 3.3%
1940 864 −11.0%
1950 1,236 43.1%
1960 1,108 −10.4%
1970 993 −10.4%
1980 969 −2.4%
1990 877 −9.5%
2000 1,048 19.5%
2010 802 −23.5%
Est. 2014 766 [12] −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 1,048 people, 369 households, and 250 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,388.5 people per square mile (539.5/km²). There were 449 housing units at an average density of 594.9 per square mile (231.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.10% White, 0.38% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 23.66% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.97% of the population.

There were 369 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,917, and the median income for a family was $31,979. Males had a median income of $23,000 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,246. About 21.7% of families and 27.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.5% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

Holly is the hometown of former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, who moved there as an infant from his birthplace of Garden City, Kansas. Romer is also a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a longtime supporter of U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Donald Wagner (September 24, 1918 to February 8, 2004) lived in Holly area from the time he was 3 years old. Serving on the school board, he was instrumental in getting the Holly Jr Sr High School built in the 1960s.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved October 5, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Holly, Colorado". City-Data.com. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Holly, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Holly". The Official Site of Colorado Tourism. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Imperial Sugar Company -- Company History". Funding Universe. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Holly, Colorado
  11. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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