Sedgwick is located in the northeast corner of Colorado. The first white man was said to have traveled through here. Trappers and fur traders traveled along the South Platte River Trail. The only Pony Express to enter Colorado was here. Sedgwick had a population of 2747 in 2000. Ranked 15th in the state with nominal income being $22517,unemployment at 2.5 % the cost of living index 0.931 in 1998. The main industry is farming, employing 43.4 %, followed by state and local government 18.6 % and services listed at 8.6 %.
Once called Denver Junction, Julesburg was named for Jules Beni. Julesburg, in the early days, was a trading post and crossing point of the Platte River. This was the location where the only Pony Express entered Colorado and returned. . The first site was burned down during Indian raids. It was relocated down the river just outside Fort Sedgwick. It moved again when the Union Pacific Railroad came through. In 1998 there were 1303 people living here. Just outside Julesburg, Nova Technologies, has based their medical technology business.
The population of Ovid in 1998 was 341. Ovid was to have been named after Ovid Michigan. The Great Western Sugar Factory, just east of Ovid, open in 1925. It closed in 1985.
Sedgwick and the county took its name from Major General John Sedgwick. The population in 1998 was 180. Sedgwick was briefly known as Henderson.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs; Colorado State University Cooperative Extension; Bearfacts from Bureau of Economic Analysis; Discover Southeast Colorado
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