Watkins, Colorado

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Watkins, Colorado
Census-designated place
Watkins, Colorado is located in Colorado
Watkins, Colorado
Location in Adams County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°44′42″N 104°36′25″W / 39.74500°N 104.60694°W / 39.74500; -104.60694Coordinates: 39°44′42″N 104°36′25″W / 39.74500°N 104.60694°W / 39.74500; -104.60694
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Adams, Arapahoe
 • Total 27.1 sq mi (70.2 km2)
 • Land 27.1 sq mi (70.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[1] 5,525 ft (1,684 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 653
 • Density 24/sq mi (9.3/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] 80137
GNIS feature ID 0184998

Watkins (also once called Box Elder) is a census-designated place (CDP)[3] in Arapahoe[4] and Adams counties, Colorado, United States, adjacent to the city of Aurora. It was formerly an incorporated town.[5][6] The post office serving Watkins, which actually lies within the Aurora city limits, has the ZIP Code 80137.[2] As of the 2010 census Watkins had a population of 653.[7]

A post office called Watkins has been in operation since 1878.[8] The community was named after L. A. Watkins, a cattleman.[9] Long an unincorporated community, Watkins incorporated as a town on June 15, 2004.[6] However, on November 7, 2006, the town voted to revert to being an unincorporated community by a margin of 308-184.

Watkins is involved in trying to build the First Park in Adams County, and the Watkins Historical Preservation Society is co-operating with the town on some historical buildings for installation in the park as well. Front Range Airport is located near Watkins.


Watkins is located at 39°44′42″N 104°36′25″W / 39.74500°N 104.60694°W / 39.74500; -104.60694 (39.744946,-104.606838).

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  1. ^ "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. January 3, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  3. ^ STUSPS:CO GEOID:0882905 ANSICODE:02583314 NAME:Watkins CDP ALAND:70172718 AWATER:215 ALAND_SQMI27.094 AWATER_SQMI:0.000 INTPTLAT:39.703135 INTPTLONG:-104.576754 from "Gazetteer Places National" 2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files
  4. ^ http://www2.census.gov/geo/pvs/bas/bas11/st08_co/cou/c08005_arapahoe/BAS11C20800500000_004.pdf http://www2.census.gov/geo/pvs/bas/bas11/st08_co/cou/c08005_arapahoe/BAS11C20800500000_005.pdf http://www2.census.gov/geo/pvs/bas/bas11/st08_co/cou/c08005_arapahoe/BAS11C20800500000_015.pdf http://www2.census.gov/geo/pvs/bas/bas11/st08_co/cou/c08005_arapahoe/BAS11C20800500000_016.pdf U.S. Census 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Arapahoe County, CO
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Watkins, Colorado
  6. ^ a b "ALEA Fact Sheet: Arapahoe Law Enforcement Authority; What is it?" Arapahoe County, Colorado
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Watkins CDP, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  9. ^ 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. 51. 

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