How other counties got their names

Sidebar by Ed Quillen

County names – August 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine

The origins of many county names in Central Colorado are fairly obvious. Park County, for instance, is named for South Park, just as Lake County is named for Twin Lakes.

Those two were among the original 17 counties designated by the Territorial Assembly in 1861, as was Frémont County, which gets its name from John Charles Frémont, leader of four expeditions into the West in the 1840s and the first Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States in 1856.

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