Idalia, Colorado

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Idalia, Colorado
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Idalia, looking east on U.S. 36.
Idalia, looking east on U.S. 36.
Idalia, Colorado is located in Colorado
Idalia, Colorado
Idalia, Colorado
Location within the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°42′15″N 102°17′35″W / 39.70417°N 102.29306°W / 39.70417; -102.29306Coordinates: 39°42′15″N 102°17′35″W / 39.70417°N 102.29306°W / 39.70417; -102.29306
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Yuma[1]
Elevation[1] 3,963 ft (1,208 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 80735[2]
GNIS feature ID 204817

Idalia is a census-designated place and a U.S. Post Office in Yuma County, Colorado, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 88, while the population of the 80735 zip code is 405.[3] The Idalia Post Office has the ZIP code 80735.[2]

Geography[edit]

Idalia is located at 39°42′15″N 102°17′35″W / 39.70417°N 102.29306°W / 39.70417; -102.29306 (39.704281,-102.293186), along U.S. Highway 36 approximately two miles west of U.S. Highway 385.

History[edit]

A post office called Idalia has been in operation since 1888.[4] The community derives its name from Edaliah Helmick, a pioneer settler.[5]

The Town of Idalia in 1913

Idalia School[edit]

There is one school, which teaches preschool through twelfth grade. The school mascot is the wolf.[6] The town also has a preschool and daycare.

School Timeline

  • (1950) Rex Dean McMcEwen is the first student to graduate from the Idalia school
  • (1970's) A high school wing was added to the preexisting school.
  • (1995) A new gymnasium is built
  • (2012-2013) The old school is completely torn down and a brand new school is built after the State of Colorado awards Idalia the BEST grant.

Establishments[edit]

Idalia has a 24-hour self-serve gas station as well as a small motel. There are two restaurants which serve the surrounding community as well as travelers on Highway 36. As such, the name of the town bar & grill is The Grainery. There is also a small cafe open during the morning, the Prairie Vista. Idalia has a grain elevator that is operated in conjunction with the Outback Fuel and Feed gas station. There are other small businesses in town, including a hair cut salon, Pick N'Roll, as well as "T&G Tanning" owned by Tyson. There is also a family grocery store: Carpenter's Mini-Mall. Possibly the most influential town institution has been the Idalia Visions Foundation, Inc. which sponsors student college scholarship donations as well as the primary source of fund-raising and planning for a new gymnasium which was constructed in 1995.

Idalia Days Celebration[edit]

Community members headed a project aimed at emulating the summer annual town celebrations of neighboring towns (i.e., Wray Daze). The event, coined Idalia Days, takes place each summer if enough interest is provided. During its inaugural celebration, Idalia Days provided activities and events in which the community could partake. Drawing on themes used in previous town celebrations, events include bed races, an old-time baseball game, old man six-man football, a melodrama illustrating the history of the towns relocation, and a fire hall dance. Fun is had by all.

Idalia High School Football[edit]

Due to low enrollment of the high school, Idalia, like hundreds of schools throughout Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Texas, plays six-man football, a variation of football involving six players on each side off the ball rather than the traditional eleven. To this end, Idalia has had an extremely successful program over the last decade and has become a staple program in Colorado Classification A 6-Man Football. The team won eight state titles between 1998 and 2010. Their most dominant team was the championship team of 2005. [6][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. December 28, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Colorado Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-02-25.
  4. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 28. 
  6. ^ a b Garner, Nick (2007-03-07). "After finding a Cure, Idalia can feel good about chances". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Colorado high school football report, Sept. 29". Rocky Mountain News. 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 

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