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History of Greenwood County

Source: Rocky Mountain Directory and  Colorado Gazetteer for 1871, transcribed by J.S.
This county stretches from El Paso on the west, to the Kansas line on the east, and lies between Douglas on the north, and Bent on the south. The Kansas pacific railway passes through it from east to west. Its surface is similar to that of the northern portion of Bent. It is, in fact, situated in the heart of the "Plains." It has not genuine running streams; abounds in buffalo grass and cactus, and possesses little interest, as yet, to the agriculturist. In time irrigation, by means of artesian wells, may demonstrate that its soil is little inferior to that of more favored sections. For the present, there are plenty of more desirable lands to be had for the asking.

Kit Carson, on the Kansas Pacific railway, is the county seat, and with the exception of one or two small stations, the only town in the county. The population of Greenwood is not far from 600.


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