Teller County, Colorado

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Teller County is the 22nd most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 20,555 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat is Cripple Creek, and the most populous city is Woodland Park. The Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area which comprises El Paso County and Teller County, had an estimated population of 617,714 in 2008.

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History

A few years after gold was discovered in Cripple Creek, political differences between area miners and mine owners, many of whom lived in Colorado Springs, resulted in the division of El Paso County.[2] Created in 1899, Teller County was carved from the western slope of Pikes Peak, and was named after United States Senator Henry M. Teller. Within five years of its formation, Teller County became the scene of a dramatic labor struggle called the Colorado Labor Wars.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 559 square miles (1,448 km²), of which 557 square miles (1,443 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.34%) is water.

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