Park County, Colorado
|Founded||November 1, 1861|
|• Total||2,211 sq mi (5,730 km2)|
|• Land||2,194 sq mi (5,680 km2)|
|• Water||17 sq mi (40 km2) 0.8%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||7.9/sq mi (3.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Congressional districts||2nd, 5th|
Park County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 17,390. The county seat is Fairplay. The county was named after the large geographic region known as South Park, which was named by early fur traders and trappers in the area.
The geographic center of the State of Colorado is located in Park County.
Park County has been and is the location of several important mines, including the defunct Orphan Boy, which was discovered near Alma in 1861 and produced gold, silver, lead, and zinc. The historic Sweet Home Mine, also near Alma, is a former silver mine now known for its rhodochrosite mineral specimens.
The headwaters of the South Platte River are in Park County.
- Clear Creek County - north
- Jefferson County - northeast
- Teller County - east
- Fremont County - southeast
- Chaffee County - southwest
- Lake County - west
- Summit County - northwest
National protected areas
State protected areas
Trails and byways
- American Discovery Trail
- Colorado Trail
- Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
- Great Parks Bicycle Route
- Guanella Pass Scenic Byway
- TransAmerica Trail Bicycle Route
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,523 people, 5,894 households, and 4,220 families living in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km2). There were 10,697 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.07% White, 0.50% Black or African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.23% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. 4.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,894 households, out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.10% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.50% under the age of 18, 5.10% from 18 to 24, 33.40% from 25 to 44, 30.60% from 45 to 64, and 7.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 107.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $51,899, and the median income for a family was $57,025. Males had a median income of $41,480 versus $27,807 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,019. About 3.40% of families and 5.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.60% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.
Park County is consistently Republican. It has not voted for the Democratic nominee for President since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
Other unincorporated communities
In popular culture
Part of the film The Looters (1955), and the television series The Texan, were filmed in Park County. The Looters is the story of a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains. The filming was undertaken about Tarryall Creek. The advertising poster reads: "Five desperate men ... and a girl who didn't care ... trapped on a mountain of gale-lashed rock!"
- Gottlieb Fluhmann (Gottlieb Fluhmann disappeared in 1892 and his remains were found in a secluded cave in Park County in 1944 and the cause of his death remains unknown).
- Samuel Hartsel
- John J. Hoover
- Sheldon Jackson
- Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory
- Colorado census statistical areas
- Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area
- Front Range Urban Corridor
- Index of Colorado-related articles
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Park County, Colorado
- Outline of Colorado
- Park County, Jefferson Territory
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- Laura King Van Dusen, "Movie Making", Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2013), ISBN 978-1-62619-161-7, pp. 182-183.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Park County, Colorado.|
- Park County Government website
- Geographic data related to Park County, Colorado at OpenStreetMap
- South Park National Heritage Area
- Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck
- Colorado Historical Society
- Geologic Map of the Harvard Lakes 7.5ʹ Quadrangle, Park and Chaffee Counties, Colorado United States Geological Survey
- Gerald Fogarty Galloway Collection of Records Concerning Mines and Real Property in Park County, Colorado. Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
- Colorado Election Results 2020