Sterling, Colorado

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The City of Sterling is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Logan County, Colorado, United States.[5] The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 12,589 in 2005.[6]



Sterling is located at 40°37′32″N 103°12′42″W / 40.62556°N 103.21167°W / 40.62556; -103.21167 (40.625430, -103.211783).[7] It is 128 miles (206 km) northeast of Denver, and is located on Interstate 76, on the 'eastern plains' of northeastern Colorado.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²), all of it land.


The original inhabitants of the Colorado High Plains near Sterling were Native Americans of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Crow, Blackfoot, Sioux, Kiowa, and Pawnee tribes. The earliest European visitors to the area were primarily French fur trappers on their way to the fertile beaver trapping areas of the Colorado mountains. Organized exploration of the area by Americans began with the visit on June 26, 1820 of the expedition of Major Stephen Harriman Long, who referred to the much of the area between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains as "The Great American Desert". One of the final battles of the Indian wars in Colorado, the Battle of Summit Springs between Tall Bull and his Cheyenne Dog Soldiers and Colonel Eugene A. Carr and the U.S. Army took place near Sterling on July 11, 1869.

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