Washington

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Washington county is located in the Northeast part of Colorado, was settled by farmers and prospectors.  The population in 2000 was 4926.  In 1998 it rank 13th in the state with the nominal income being $ 23086.  The unemployment rate was 2.4% and the cost of living index at 0.858.  There are 2530 square miles here with farming employing 32.9 %, followed by state and local government 15.6 % and services listed at 10.9 %.  Washington was named after our first president George Washington.  Washington county is home to the US Department of Agriculture's Great Plains Research Station.

Akron

 In 1998 there were 1773 people in Akron.  Establish in 1883 when the Burlington Railway came through.  Akron is Greek meaning summit.

 Otis

 Established in 1882 at a Burlington and Missouri River Railroad siding. In 1998 the population was 504. 

 Other communities of interest:

 Cope

Cope, named for Jonathan C. Cope, was established by Burlington Railroad. As a condition of his remaining in the area, Cope planted trees, known as Copes' Grove.

 Last Chance

The name Last Chance came about in 1926, when Essa Harbert and Archie Chapman open a gas station at the crossroads of US highway 36 and Colorado 71. They put up a sign saying Last Chance for gas.  It was 36 miles in any direction from that point to get gas.

 Anton, Lindon, and Woodrow

 

 

 Colorado Department of Local Affairs; Colorado State University Cooperative Extension; Bearfacts from Bureau of Economic Analysis; Discover Southeast Colorado

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