Bent County, Colorado

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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 5,998 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat and the only incorporated municipality in the county is the City of Las Animas.



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.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,541 square miles (3,991.2 km2), of which 1,514 square miles (3,921.2 km2) is land and 27 square miles (69.9 km2) (1.77%) is water.

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