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The Cities and communities of El Paso County, Colorado*

Air Force Academy

Black Forest

Calhan, Cascade-Chipita Park, Cimarron Hills, Colorado Springs (County Seat)

Eastonville, Ellicott

Falcon, Fort Carson, Fountain

Gleneagle, Green Mountain Falls

Manitou Springs, Monument

Palmer Lake, Peyton

Ramah, Rush

Security-Widefield, Stratmoor




*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about El Paso County, Colorado

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


El Paso County, Colorado Official Website

27 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2208

El Paso County Health Department
305 South Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO. 80910-3123

El Paso County is governed by a Board of County Commissioners.

El Paso County Vital Records

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
250 Vandenberg St. Suite B-016 Peterson Air Force Base CO 80914-3808 719-554-6889
This facility is not open to the General Public

Peterson Air Force Base
at Colorado Springs. The Cheyenne Mountain Directorate is nearby
Schriever Air Force Base about ten miles east of Peterson AFB

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1990 - 397,014
2000 - 516,929
2004 - 554,574
2005 - 565,582
2006 - 575,851
2007 - 587,272

Population Density
2000 - 243 persons per square mile
2006 - 266 persons per square mile

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in east central Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains, most particularly the famous Pike's Peak

Neighboring counties include
North - Douglas County
Northeast - Elbert County
East - Lincoln County
Southeast - Crowley County
South - Pueblo County
West - Fremont County
West - Teller County

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The mild climate, on average, supplies 285 days of sunshine, 15 inches of rain, 35 inches of snow, and very low levels of humidity.

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Other Facts and Figures:

Housing Units:
2000 - 202,428

Median Household Income:
2000 - $46,844
2005 - $50,714

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $22,005
2002 - $29,903

Median age:
2000 - 33 years
2005 - 33 years

Median house value:
2005 - $191,200

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When gold was discovered along the South Platte River in Arapahoe County in the Kansas Territory, it resulted in the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. Because the area was so far away from the territorial governments, the residents desired to form their own territory. They voted to form Jefferson Territory on 24 October 1959. One month later, the new Jefferson Territorial Legislature created twelve counties including El Paso County. It was named for the Ute Pass which is north of Pikes Peak. It is the Spanish name for the pass. Though the territory was functional, it didn't have federal sanction. On 28 February 1861, President James Buchanan signed an act to organize the Colorado Territory. El Paso county was one of the original 17 counties created on 1 November 1861 in the new territory. In 1899, Teller County was created from the western portion of El Paso County. The first county seat was Colorado City. This city does not exist but is now part of Colorado Springs. There is another Colorado City in the southern part of the state. The county seat was moved to Colorado Springs in 1873.

Abandoned mines of Colorado Springs and El Paso County

founded November 1, 1861

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While the western portion of El Paso County is extremely mountainous, the eastern part is prairie land where dairy cows and beef cattle are the main source of ranchers' income.

The altitude ranges from about 5,095 feet (1569 m) on the southern border at Black Squirrel Creek to 14,110 feet (4301 m) on the summit of Pikes Peak, near the western boundary.

Total area: 2,130 square miles
Total land area: 2,126 square miles
Total water area: 3 square miles

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Kindred Trails page for El Paso County
Linkpendium page for El Paso County
US GenWeb page for El Paso County
Genealogy Trails page for El Paso County
The Political Graveyard for El Paso County

List of Cities & towns of El Paso County both past and present

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El Paso County Bar Association Law Library
at the Penrose Library, 20 North Cascade Avenue in
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pikes Peak Library District
P.O. Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
Phone: (719) 531-6333

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Cheyenne Mountain School District 12
1775 LaClede Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 719-475-6100

Colorado Springs School District 11
1115 N. El Paso Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Phone: (719) 520-2000

Fountain - Fort Carson School District Eight
10665 Jimmy CampRoad
Fountain, Colorado 80817
Phone: 719-382-1300

Harrison School District Two
1860 Harrison Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 719-579-2000

Lewis-Palmer School District #38
Lewis-Palmer School District #38 serves Northern El Paso County, including the Monument, Palmer Lake, Woodmoor and Black Forest areas.
146 Jefferson Street
Monument, Colorado 80132
Phone: 719-488-4700

Widefield School District 3
1820 Main Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80911
Phone: 719-391-3000

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy,
Colorado Springs, CO USA 80918
Phone: 719-262-3000,
Toll-free: 800-990-8227

Pikes Peak Community College
5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA
Toll-free: (800) 456-6847

Colorado College
14 East Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-389-6000

US Air Force Academy

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El Paso County Economic Development
27 E. Vermijo Ave. 5th Floor
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 520-6481

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Organizations & Groups

Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
6 S. Tejon Street, Suite 700
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Phone: (719) 635-1551

Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
Downtown Visitor Information Center
515 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Local: (719) 635-7506
Toll Free: (800) 888-4748

El Paso County Democratic Party
El Paso County Republicans

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Attractions & Other Information

When visiting Pike's Peak,Katharine Lee Bates was so awed by the beautiful vistas, she penned the poem, America the Beautiful, after she returned from a carriage ride to the top of the mountain. The poem later became the words to the song of the same name.

American Discovery Trail - runniung for over 6,800 miles and through 15 states

Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Heights
Colorado Springs, CO 80926
Phone: 719-576-2016

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Road Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (719) 633-9925

Colorado Balloon Classic
The Colorado Balloon Classic (a division of Colorado Springs Balloon Classic, Inc.) was organized in 1977 and has grown to be the largest and the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region as well as the State of Colorado

Colorado Springs Chorale

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Colorado Springs Sky Sox - Minor league Baseball for the Colorado Rockies

El Paso County Parks & Trails

El Paso County Fair
Phone: (719) 520-7880

Garden of the Gods
1805 N 30th Street (at Gateway Rd.)
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Phone: 719.634.6666

Mountain Music Festival - Manitou Springs

Palmer Lake Regional Recreation Area

Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
A camera atop Pike's Peak shows a panoramic view of the area

Pike's Peak Challenge - The Pikes Peak Challenge is a unique fundraising event held annually in September that encourages registered participants to experience the excitement and success of hiking to the summit of Pikes Peak.

Pike's Peak National Historic Landmark

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-385-5990

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

The United States Air Force Academy
in Colorado Springs
Information desk: (719) 333-2025
Event Information: (719) 333-USAF

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