La Plata County, Colorado

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La Plata County
Strater Hotel, opened in 1888 during a mining boom in Durango.
Strater Hotel, opened in 1888 during a mining boom in Durango.
Map of Colorado highlighting La Plata County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°17′N 107°51′W / 37.29°N 107.85°W / 37.29; -107.85
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedFebruary 10, 1874
Named forSpanish for "the silver"
SeatDurango
Largest cityDurango
Area
 • Total1,700 sq mi (4,000 km2)
 • Land1,692 sq mi (4,380 km2)
 • Water7.6 sq mi (20 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2015)
54,688
 • Density30/sq mi (10/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websiteco.laplata.co.us

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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.