Place:Bent, Colorado, United States

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Bent County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county is named in honor of frontier trader William Bent. The county population was 6,499 at the 2010 census. The county seat and the only incorporated municipality in the county is the city of Las Animas.

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History

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Bent County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 6, 1874, when Greenwood County, created only four years earlier, was dissolved and divided between Bent and Elbert counties. At the time of its creation, it included a large portion of southeastern Colorado. In 1889, Bent County acquired its current borders when it lost much of its territory to the newly created Cheyenne, Lincoln, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.

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Date Event Source
1870 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1888 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
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
1870 592
1880 1,654
1890 1,313
1900 3,049
1910 5,043
1920 9,705
1930 9,134
1940 9,653
1950 8,775
1960 7,419
1970 6,493
1980 5,945
1990 5,048

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