Saguache, Colorado

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The historic Town of Saguache (pronounced /səˈwɒtʃ/ sə-woch) is a Statutory Town that is the county seat and most populous town of Saguache County, Colorado, United States.[5] The population was 578 at the U.S. Census 2000. Convicted cannibal Alferd Packer served time in the Saguache County Jail.



The name Saguache comes from a Ute language word meaning "blue earth" or "water at blue earth". The word shares a similar root and pronunciation with Saguaro (cactus). The Spanish language version of this name is usually spelled Saguache, while the English language version is often spelled Sawatch.


Saguache is located at 38°5′14″N 106°8′29″W / 38.08722°N 106.14139°W / 38.08722; -106.14139 (38.087104, -106.141510)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 578 people, 262 households, and 160 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,510.7 people per square mile (587.3/km²). There were 328 housing units at an average density of 857.3/sq mi (333.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.93% White, 2.60% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 13.15% from other races, and 4.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.43% of the population.

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