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Physical Features: Rolling, draining to Colorado and tributaries; sandy, red, dark soils; Lake Colorado City, Mitchell County Reservoir and Champion Creek Reservoir.
Economy: Government/services, agribusiness, oil, some manufacturing.
History: Jumano Indians in area; Comanches arrived about 1780. Anglo-American settlers arrived in the late 1870s after Comanches were forced into Indian Territory. County created in 1876 from Bexar District and organized in 1881; named for pioneer brothers Asa and Eli Mitchell.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 49.90; Black, 11.45; Hispanic, 37.15; Asian, 0.39; Other, 1.10.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 100; deaths, 103; marriages, 43; divorces, 30.
Recreation: Lake activities, state park, museums, hunting, Colorado City playhouse.
Agriculture: Cotton principal crop, grains also produced. Cattle, sheep, goats, hogs raised. Market value $27.3 million.
COLORADO CITY (4,146) county seat; government/services, agriculture, oil, manufacturing; hospital; boar goat cook-off in October.
Downtown Colorado City. Photo by Billy Hathorn (CC).