Ouray County, Colorado

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Ouray County (pronounced /ˈjʊəreɪ/) is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado in the United States. The county population was 3,742 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat is the City of Ouray. Because of its rugged mountain geography, Ouray County is also known as the Switzerland of America.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 542 square miles (1,404 km²), of which 540 square miles (1,400 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.32%) is water. The highest mountain in Ouray County is Mount Sneffels at 14,150 feet above sea level. Many high peaks of more than 13,300 feet also exist.

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Ouray County was formed out of San Juan County on 18 January 1877, the first county designated by the newly formed Colorado State Legislature. It was named for Chief Ouray, a distinguished Ute Indian chief. Ouray was designanted county seat on 8 March 1877. On 19 February 1881, Dolores County was formed out of Ouray County.

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