Last Chance, Colorado

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Last Chance, Colorado
Looking north, SH 71 is going through the community.
Looking north, SH 71 is going through the community.
Last Chance, Colorado is located in Colorado
Last Chance, Colorado
Location in Washington County and the state of Colorado
Last Chance, Colorado is located in the United States
Last Chance, Colorado
Last Chance, Colorado (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°44′24″N 103°35′37″W / 39.74000°N 103.59361°W / 39.74000; -103.59361Coordinates: 39°44′24″N 103°35′37″W / 39.74000°N 103.59361°W / 39.74000; -103.59361
Country United States
State Colorado
Elevation4,820 ft (1,469 m)
 • Total23
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[2]
80757 (Woodrow)
Area code(s)970
GNIS feature ID0195018

Last Chance is an unincorporated community in Washington County, Colorado, United States. Last Chance is situated at the intersection of U.S. Highway 36 and State Highway 71 in a sparsely populated area of eastern Colorado. The town was supposedly so named because it was once the only place for travelers to secure fuel and provisions for many miles in any direction. The U.S. Post Office at Woodrow (ZIP Code 80757) now serves Last Chance postal addresses.[2]

Hee Haw saluted Last Chance, Colorado (pop. 25) on Nov 16, 1974.[3]


Last Chance is located at 39°44′24″N 103°35′37″W / 39.74000°N 103.59361°W / 39.74000; -103.59361 (39.739930,-103.593693).

1993 tornadoes[edit]

On July 21, 1993 between 7:00 and 8:45, 5 tornadoes touched down in the Last Chance, Lindon area. The strongest was an F3. There were 2 F1s and 2 F0s. The tornadoes did not kill or cause any injury but several farms were destroyed by the large tornado.[4][5]

2012 Wildfire[edit]

On Monday June 25, 2012 a wildfire started from sparks caused by a flat tire of a passing motorist on Washington County Road №7 burned much of the town, leaving only a few charred structures standing, including the United Methodist Church. By the morning of Tuesday June 26, 2012 the blaze had been stopped, but not before burning 45,000 acres between Last Chance and Woodrow, Colorado - the nearest community. Last Chance and Woodrow had to be evacuated during the blaze, but residents were allowed to return on June 26. Firefighters from fire departments in Brush, Hillrose, Snyder, Merino, Fort Morgan, Seibert, Burlington, Stratton, Flagler, Idalia, Joes, Sterling, Akron and Bennett as well as Colorado Department of Transportation Crews battled the blaze through the night, allowing for the lift of the evacuations. [6] [7]

See also[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". United States Postal Service. January 3, 2007. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 23, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2007.
  3. ^ Hee Haw Season 6 Episode 10
  4. ^ The Last Chance Storm Chase
  5. ^ Colorado Tornadoes
  6. ^ Last Chance wildfire cuts close to home - Fort Morgan Times
  7. ^ Colorado wildfires: Last Chance Fire now 100 percent contained, burned 45,000 acres | Archived 2013-01-16 at