La Plata County, Colorado
|La Plata County, Colorado|
Strater Hotel, opened in 1888 during a mining boom in Durango.
Location within Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 10, 1874|
|Named for||Spanish for "the silver"|
|• Total||1,700 sq mi (4,403 km2)|
|• Land||1,692 sq mi (4,382 km2)|
|• Water||7.6 sq mi (20 km2), 0.4%|
|• Density||30/sq mi (10/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC−7/−6|
La Plata County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 51,334. The county seat is Durango. The county was named for the La Plata River and the La Plata Mountains. "La plata" means "the silver" in Spanish.
La Plata County was founded in 1874.