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Walsenburg, Colorado

Walsenburg Mining Museum
Walsenburg is the county seat of Huerfano County. Located between exits 49 and
52 on the I-25, Walsenburg also sits astride US 160, the primary east-west route
in Southern Colorado. The town is just east of

La Veta Pass, gateway to the San Luis Valley and
Great Sand Dunes National
.Walsenburg was originally settled as La Plaza de los Leones
in 1852 but is named after Fred Walsen, a businessman who settled here about 1870.
It was Fred who opened the first coal mine in the county just west of town in 1876.
Walsen Mine was the largest and most productive coal mine in Huerfano County.
(The photo to the left is the original Walsenburg
jail, now the Walsenburg Mining Museum.)
Walsenburg Mining Museum web site is :



Walsenburg, Colorado
Walsenburg has two museums, a municipal swimming pool and a nine hole municipal
golf course. Just west of the golf course is

Lathrop State Park
which has lakes for swimming, boating,
windsurfing, and fishing. The Spanish Peaks Regfional Health Center and VA Nursing
Home are just across the road from Lathrop SP.
The San
Isabel National Forest
is south and west of town, around the
Spanish Peaks
and the
Sangre de Cristo
. North of town
Greenhorn Mountain
and most of the
Wet Mountains
are also part of the National Forest. Due south are the
Black Hawk State Trust Lands.
Other Data:
  • Elevation: 6,126 feet
  • Average annual precipitation: 15.8 inches
  • Terrain: An irregular plateau broken by numerous narrow fertile valleys in the east,
    rising to the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the west and the
    Spanish Peaks in the south
  • January temperature: High: 48 Low: 19
  • July temperature: High: 91 Low 58
  • Days of Sunshine per year: 300+
  • Walsenburg Population 2000 census: 4,182
  • Huerfano County Population 2000 census: 7,862