Eagle County, Colorado

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Eagle County is the thirteenth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado in the United States. The county is named for the Eagle River. The county population was 41,659 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat is the Town of Eagle. The Edwards Micropolitan Statistical Area comprises Eagle County and Lake County.

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History

Eagle County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883, from portions of Summit County. It was named after the Eagle River, which runs through the county. The county seat was originally set in Red Cliff, Colorado, but was moved to the town of Eagle in 1921.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,692 square miles (4,382.3 km2), of which 1,688 square miles (4,371.9 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.23%) is water.

Much of the county is taken up by White River National Forest, and much of the rest is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Interstate 70 crosses the county from east to west.

The Eagle River rises in the southeastern part of the county. It receives Gore Creek at Dowds Junction, and joins the Colorado River in the west. Fryingpan River and the Roaring Fork River intersect the southwest corner of the county.

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