Manassa, Colorado

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The Town of Manassa is a Statutory Town that is the most populous town in Conejos County, Colorado, United States. With a population of 1,042 at the 2000 census, Manassa is the largest community in Conejos County.

This small town, surrounded by farms and ranches, is exactly one square mile in size, with a small amount of residential development on its outskirts. A mostly agricultural community, there are few business establishments in the town. A small-town feel abounds with no traffic control signals or stop lights.

The U.S. Post Office zip code for Manassa is 81141, and the area code is (719).

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History

Article About The Founding And History of Manassa by the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network (c)

Today, approximately half of Manassa's residents are Hispanics, many of whom are the descendants of early New Mexican settlers of colonial Mexican origin. Most of the other citizens of Manassa are the descendants of the Mormon pioneers who founded Manassa in 1879, and named the town after a son of the Israelite, Joseph.

Manassa was located a short distance from two ranches purchased by the Mormons from Hispanos on the south side of the Conejos River, across from Los Cerritos.

The selection of the land for the colony was made on the assurance that the railroad would soon be built nearby. However, one year later the railroad bypassed the colony, and instead passed through Romeo, Colorado, just three miles to the west.

Geography

Just directly north of the New Mexico state border, Manassa is located in the San Luis Valley in just about the southernmost central part of the State of Colorado at 37°10′29″N 105°56′11″W / 37.17472°N 105.93639°W / 37.17472; -105.93639 ( Latitude 37.174695 North, Longitude 105.936359 West)[5].

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