Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

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The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of Grand County, Colorado, United States.[4] The town population was 521 at the U.S. Census 2000 and is at an elevation of 7,680 feet (2341 m).



Hot Sulphur Springs was originally a summer campground for Indians who came for the hot springs. When Grand County was formed, it was the first county seat from 1874 to 1882, after which it moved to Grand Lake. The county seat returned in 1888 and has been here ever since. This town was established in 1860 making it the oldest town in the county and originally named Saratoga West and sometimes called Warm Springs. In 1863 the name was changed to reflect the hot springs in the area that were used for medicinal purposes. The town site was bought by William Newton Byers, founder of the Rocky Mountain News, in 1864. He wished to make it a spa and resort so surveyed, platted and named the streets to the city. It was incorporated April 1, 1903.[2] William Byers original family cabin is located at 204 Byers Avenue, along what is now Highway 40 and still exists to this day. The building is currently the county's only mortuary.


Hot Sulphur Springs is located at 40°4′24″N 106°6′5″W / 40.07333°N 106.10139°W / 40.07333; -106.10139 (40.073318, -106.101470)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 521 people, 196 households, and 131 families residing in the town. The population density was 674.5 people per square mile (261.2/km²). There were 227 housing units at an average density of 293.9/sq mi (113.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.82% White, 0.38% African American, 1.92% Native American, 2.11% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.10% of the population.

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