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Historical Events

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Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Bailey is approximately 7,654 (2000).
The approximate number of families is 2,294 (2000).
The amount of land area in Bailey is 331 sq. miles.
The distance from Bailey to Washington DC is 1644 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 74 miles. (as the crow flies)
Bailey is positioned 39.41 degrees north of the equator and 105.47 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Bailey elevation is 7,756 feet above sea level.
Bailey median income is $ 59,176 (2000).


about 45 miles southwest of Denver. Nearby communities include Fairplay, Shawnee, Grant, Conifer and Pine.
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History & History Related Items

Bailey was settled by Ann and William Newman Bailey who built a ranch they called Bailey’s Ranch and a stage station here in 1864. They later added a hotel at the station. In 1878, the Denver and South Park Railroad came through and the post office opened the same year.
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Bailey is in what is known as the Platte Canyon area along U.S. Highway 285. It is a small town with a few small businesses, restaurants and a church. Many homes are scattered in mountain areas surrounding the town. Bailey is an unincorporated area of Park County.

Here is a page of photographs for Bailey.

A herd of bighorn sheep live near Bailey. Bailey is just inside the Lost Creek Wilderness area where hiking and backpacking trips are very popular. The many logging roads in the area, along with other trails make it a great place for mountain biking.
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Bailey City Government

Bailey is a small unincorporated town in northeastern Park County, Colorado.

Bailey Historical Events

2006, September 26
A gunman took six students hostage in a classroom at the high school in Bailey. He released the girls one by one and used them as human shields He had released all but two of the girls before he shot and killed one girl and then killed himself as a SWAT team attempted to rescue the last two hostages. He had threatened to set off a bomb but later, nothing explosive was found in the backpack.
2006, March 18
The Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, a building shaped like a giant hot dog, was moved from Aspen Park to Bailey. It was first built in 1966 in Denver and called the Boardwalk at Coney Island. By 1970, the 14 ton building was moved to Conifer. In 1999, it was sold to a group that moved it to Bailey. The stand is so popular that the line often runs outside of the diner.
The Platte Canyon Girls Track Team repeated as the Colorado State 3A Champion.
The Platte Canyon Girls Track Team was the Colorado State 3A Champion.
The Platte Canyon Girls Cross Country Team was the Colorado State 3A Champion.

Bailey Chamber

The Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 477
Bailey, CO 80421
Phone: 303-838-9080

Bailey Organizations

The Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 477
Bailey, CO 80421
Phone: 303-838-9080

Bailey Schools

Platte Canyon School District
57393 US Hwy 285
Bailey, CO 80421
Phone: 303-838-7666 Bailey


The population of Bailey was:
2000 - 7,654

The number of housing units was:
2000 - 2,294

Median age:
2000 - 39 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 59,176 Bailey is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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