Wild Horse, Colorado

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Wild Horse, Colorado
Unincorporated community
Wild Horse in June 2007 with U.S. Highway 40/287 running through it.
Wild Horse in June 2007 with U.S. Highway 40/287 running through it.
Wild Horse, Colorado is located in Colorado
Wild Horse, Colorado
Location in Cheyenne County and the state of Colorado
Wild Horse, Colorado is located in the US
Wild Horse, Colorado
Wild Horse, Colorado (the US)
Coordinates: 38°49′32″N 103°00′42″W / 38.82556°N 103.01167°W / 38.82556; -103.01167Coordinates: 38°49′32″N 103°00′42″W / 38.82556°N 103.01167°W / 38.82556; -103.01167
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Cheyenne County
Elevation[1] 4,475 ft (1,364 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] 80862
Area code(s) 719
GNIS feature ID 0195193

Wild Horse is an unincorporated village in Cheyenne County, Colorado, United States. The community takes its name from Wild Horse Creek,[3] and began in 1869 as a cavalry outpost, which soon became a railway station and had expanded to a town by the mid-1870s. After a peak of population and business activities in the early 1900s, the town began dwindling by 1917, when most of it burned down in a great fire. The town rebuilt, but never at the population or business-service centralization level of its earlier years, and by the 1930s, had begun to dwindle further.

There is still a post office at Wild Horse, which has been in operation since 1904.[4] and currently services Zip Code 80862.[2] There is also a one-room school house, no longer in use, and a cluster of older small homes.

Geography[edit]

Wild Horse is located at 38°49′32″N 103°00′42″W / 38.82556°N 103.01167°W / 38.82556; -103.01167 (38.825533,-103.011761).

References[edit]

  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. ^ 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. 52. 
  4. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 11 July 2016.