Messex, Colorado

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Messex, Colorado
Unincorporated community
Messex, Colorado is located in Colorado
Messex, Colorado
Messex, Colorado
Location within the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 40°25′45″N 103°26′11″W / 40.42917°N 103.43639°W / 40.42917; -103.43639Coordinates: 40°25′45″N 103°26′11″W / 40.42917°N 103.43639°W / 40.42917; -103.43639[1]
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Washington County
Elevation 4,088 ft (1,246 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)

Messex, Colorado is a virtual ghost town in Washington County, Colorado. Its population in the 2010 census was 2, but has been several hundred in the past. Settled in the 1860s as a "Wild West" town, it became for a time a place where German immigrants grew sugar beets. In the 1990s, the population was about a dozen people, but it had declined to just 2 people by 2010.[2]

The community was named for Joe Messes, a railroad official.[3]