Palmer Lake, Colorado

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Palmer Lake is a Statutory Town in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The population was 2,179 at the 2000 census. Palmer Lake was founded by General William Jackson Palmer in 1871. The town was soon incorporated in 1889.

Palmer Lake is one of three communities in the Tri-Lakes region between Denver and Colorado Springs. Located off Interstate 25 near two major metropolitan centers, Palmer Lake is a growing community on the Front Range.

Downtown Palmer Lake, though small, features cozy restaurants, a library, town hall, and an historical museum. Visitors can enjoy fine dining, a coffee shop, bakery, antique shopping, botiques and art galleries.

While much of the area is dedicated to residential development, the Tri-Lakes, Colorado region is known for its three lakes: Palmer Lake, Monument Lake and Lake Woodmoor.

The town's water comes from two reservoirs in the mountains behind the town. Both reservoirs and Monument Creek, which flows out of them, are considered part of the town's watershed.

Library services for the city are provided by the Palmer Lake Branch Library, located at 66 Lower Glenway in Palmer Lake.

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Geography

Palmer Lake is located at 39°6′48″N 104°54′18″W / 39.11333°N 104.905°W / 39.11333; -104.905 (39.113371, -104.904933)[5].

The town is bordered by the Greenland Open Space Preserve to the north, Pike National Forest to the west, Monument to the south, and Ben Lomond and the I-25 corridor to the east. Palmer Lake sits at the north edge of El Paso County, and offers sweeping views of the Rocky Mountain foothills.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²). 3.1 square miles (7.9 km²) of this is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.65%) is water.

The town marks the top of the Palmer Divide, a geological ridge running from Palmer Lake eastward. This ridge creates its own weather patterns and separates the Arkansas River drainage to the South and the Platte River drainage to the North. The highest point of the divide is about 7,352 feet (2,241 m) at Monument Hill. It staggers along the county line between Douglas County and El Paso County. This divide separates the Denver metropolitan area from the Pikes Peak area. The town's namesake, Palmer Lake, at 7,250 feet (2,210 m), is said to be the highest spring-fed lake in the continental US.

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