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|State||State of Colorado|
|Elevation||4,088 ft (1,246 m)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
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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.
The community was named for Joe Messes, a railroad official.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Messex, Colorado
- 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. 35.
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