La Plata County, Colorado
La Plata County
Strater Hotel, opened in 1888 during a mining boom in Durango.
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 10, 1874|
|Named for||Spanish for "the silver"|
|• Total||1,700 sq mi (4,000 km2)|
|• Land||1,692 sq mi (4,380 km2)|
|• Water||7.6 sq mi (20 km2) 0.4%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||30/sq mi (10/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
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.