Dove Creek, Colorado

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The Town of Dove Creek is a Statutory Town that is the county seat and the most populous town of Dolores County, Colorado, United States.[5] The population was 698 at the U.S. Census 2000. Dove Creek is the self-proclaimed Pinto Bean Capital of the World. Estimated population in 2009 was 702 (per Colorado Municipal Clerks Association).



Dove Creek is located at 37°45′58″N 108°54′20″W / 37.76611°N 108.90556°W / 37.76611; -108.90556 (37.765994, -108.905691)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.

The town is located on US 491 (formerly US 666) at the crossing of Dove Creek, the town's namesake. Dove Creek flows south to Cross Canyon, Colorado, Montezuma Creek, Utah, and the San Juan River. The town is located on the northern portion of the Great Sage Plain, a large plateau bounded by the La Plata Mountains, Mesa Verde, the La Sal Mountains, and the Blue Mountains, and cut by dozens of deep canyons, which was and is a productive agricultural region. The Plain is dotted with numerous ruins of the Anasazi and other ancient people who took advantage of good soils and terrain, even with limited water resources.

The Dolores County Courthouse, built in 1957, replaces a temporary courthouse in the town used after voters of the county moved the county seat from Rico, Colorado to Dove Creek in 1947, reflecting a shift in the original mining-oriented make-up of the county's population to the current situation in which farmers and a few ranchers outnumber the mountain-dwellers in the old mining districts of the eastern end of Dolores County. The courthouse is adjacent to Dolores County High School, and is part of the old business district located north of US 491; most business is now located on US 491 as it angles through the town from ESE to WNW. A regional landmark is the large concrete bean elevator located on the west edge of town, near the Dolores County Industrial Park.

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