Place:Baca, Colorado, United States

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NameBaca
Alt namesBacasource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates37.333°N 102.55°W
Located inColorado, United States     (1889 - )
See alsoLas Animas, Colorado, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Baca County is the southeasternmost of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,788. The county seat is Springfield.

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History

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Baca County was created by the Colorado legislature on April 16, 1889, out of the eastern portions of Las Animas County. Baca County was named in honor of pioneer and Colorado territorial legislator Felipe Baca. Prior to 1880's there was little activity in the County other than along the Cutoff Branch of the Santa Fe Trail that crosses the extreme Southeastern corner of the County. The 1910's saw wet years and expansion due to the increase in acreage that could be homesteaded. World War I also brought increased demand for agricultural products. The arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1926 created new towns and a population increase. The DustBowl arrived in the 1930's. This prompted soil conservation efforts by the Federal Government. Part of this effort was the purchase of cultivated land by the government to return it to grassland. Today the U.S. Forest Service supervises 220,000 acres of Commanche National Grassland which was purchased in the 1930's. These areas include Carizzo Creek and Picture Canyon. The Colorado Division of Wildlife maintains the recreational areas at Two Buttes Lake and Turk's Pond.

Baca County was one of the hardest hit areas in the Dust Bowl.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1889 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1889 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1889 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1889 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1889 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1890 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1890 1,479
1900 759
1910 2,516
1920 8,721
1930 10,570
1940 6,207
1950 7,964
1960 6,310
1970 5,674
1980 5,419
1990 4,556

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