Colorado City, Texas
Colorado City, the county seat of Mitchell County, is on the Colorado River, Lone Wolf Creek, U.S. Highway 20/80, State highways 208 and 163, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad, thirty-eight miles east of Big Spring and twenty-three miles south of Snyder in the north central part of the county. It has been called the "Mother City of West Texas" for its early origin as a ranger camp in 1877 and for its prominence as a cattlemen's center. In 1881 the town was chosen county seat and acquired a station on the new Texas and Pacific Railway. Local ranchers hauled in tons of buffalo bones (see BONE BUSINESS) for shipment to the East and loaded their empty wagons with provisions purchased from pioneer merchant William H. "Uncle Pete" Snyder and others. When the town was granted a post office in 1881 Prince A. Hazzard became the first postmaster. Water was hauled to town from Seven Wells and elsewhere and sold at fifty cents a barrel. The first school, conducted in a dugout in 1881, was moved to a building the next year, and soon a new building was built.
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|3,724||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|4,146||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|4,281||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|4,749||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,405||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,227||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,457||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,774||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,213||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|4,671||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,766||1920||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,840||1910||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,200||1880||Texas Demographic Center|