La Plata County, Colorado

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La Plata County, Colorado
The Strater Hotel, opened in 1888 during a mining boom in Durango, Colorado LCCN2015632887.tif
Strater Hotel, opened in 1888 during a mining boom in Durango.
Location within Colorado
Location within Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 10, 1874
Named forSpanish for "the silver"
Largest cityDurango
 • Total1,700 sq mi (4,403 km2)
 • Land1,692 sq mi (4,382 km2)
 • Water7.6 sq mi (20 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2015)54,688
 • Density30/sq mi (10/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneMountain: 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.[1] The county seat is Durango.[2] 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.