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The seat of Mitchell County, Colorado City is located on the Colorado River, Lone Wolf Creek, I-20, Hwys 208 and 163, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad, 38 miles east of Big Spring and 23 miles south of Snyder.

Its origin was as a ranger camp in 1877 and it became known for its prominence as a cattlemen's center.

It has had its ups and downs. During the mid-1950s a drought, the longest on record, affected the area's agricultural production, particularly of cotton.

Lake Colorado City, five miles southwest, and Champion Creek Reservoir, six miles south, were built in 1959. The population was estimated at 6,400 in 1965. The Col-Tex Refinery closed in 1969, but in the early 1970s new industries were established, including a meat-packing operation and a mobile-home plant.

In 1988 it had a population of 5,549, a hospital, and 122 businesses. In 1990 the population was 4,749.

Local attractions include the Colorado City Museum and an annual rodeo.


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