Huerfano County, Colorado


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Huerfano County was one of the original 17 counties in what we know of as the State of Colorado. Huerfano was formed in 1861 and encompassed all of present day Huerfano County, Las Animas, Baca, Bent, Otero, Prowers, Crowley, the west half of Kiowa, and the southern part of Pueblo counties.

In 1865 the current boundary of Pueblo was established.

In 1866 Las Animas was taken from Huerfano.

In 1874 Bent was taken from Las Animas.

In 1889 Otero and Prowers were taken from Bent.

In 1889 Baca was taken from Las Animas.

In 1889 Kiowa was taken from Cheyenne and Bent.

In 1911 Crowley was taken from Bent and Otero.

This will give you some idea of where your relatives were at different time frames.

All of the records from 1861 (formation of Huerfano) to 1866 (formation of Las Animas) will be found in Huerfano.

Prior to 1861 most of the records will be found in New Mexico records.

The Colorado AHGP and ALHN State Coordinators are Don and Mary Saban (

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