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County
Mitchell
Region
Panhandle Plains
Population
2010 Census - 4,146
2000 Census - 4,281
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Towns
Colorado City, Texas
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Colorado City Texas History:
The town originated as a ranger camp and cattlemen center in 1877. Mitchell County was organized in 1876, but because there were few settlers, Shackelford County was responsible for administrating the county. Settlers began moving into the county, and in 1881, Colorado City was elected county seat and the Colorado City post office was established. Also that year, the Texas and Pacific Railway began servicing the town, and the first school session was held in a dugout. Water was hauled in and sold for 50 cents a barrel. The average daily wage for laborers in 1880 was $0.135 an hour. Because of rail service, the town became a commercial and shipping center for area ranchers and buffalo hunters. Ranchers drove their cattle to Colorado City from as far north as Amarillo, from as far south as San Angelo, and from eastern New Mexico. Huge herds were held until rail cars were available. There were so many cowboys in town that its saloons increased from five in 1881 to 28 in 1884. Between 1884 and 1885 the town had approximately 6,000 residents. After Amarillo received train service in 1887 and San Angelo received service in 1888, business slowed and the population dropped. During the 1890s, salt mining was important to the local economy, but salt declined in importance after 1900. Between 1900 and 1906, the population grew due to an influx of farmers. By 1910, the town had a new public school, a waterworks, and an electric plant. In 1916, local bankers and businessmen organized the Consolidated Oil and Gas Company of Colorado to develop the area's oil and gas resources. Oil was discovered in 1920, helping the economy weather the Great Depression. By 1926 a city hall had been built, the streets were paved, and a new sewage system was in operation. In the late 1940s, Lake Colorado City was constructed five miles southwest of town. In 1959, Champion Creek Reservoir was built six miles south of town. Colorado City is the oldest established town between Weatherford and El Paso. It is located on the Colorado River and Lone Wolf Creek at the intersection of IH-20, SH 163 and SH 208, 69 miles slightly southwest of Abilene, 28 miles southwest of Sweetwater, 44 miles northwest of Robert Lee, 44.5miles northeast of Sterling City, 38 miles northeast of Big Spring, 56 miles southeast of Gail, and 25 miles south of Snyder, Texas.
 
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great war chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email  Plains Trail Map
 
Mitchell County Courthouse, 1924:
This brick courthouse was designed in classical revival style by architect David Castle. A surveyor's mistake caused the courthouse of 1883 to be built in the middle Oak Street instead of facing Oak Street. The correction was made by simply demolishing the building and building another. The 2010 Mitchell County census was 9,403. (325) 728-3457. 349 Oak Street Colorado City, TX 79512. Photos 
 
Event Venue - Colorado City Civic Center:
The civic center is available for private and public events. (325) 728-2072. 157 West 2nd Street.
 
Annual Frontier Days, Sept or Oct:
This event is held in conjunction with the annual Boer Goat Cook-Off in Ruddick Park. Additional activities include live music, a dance, a wiener dog race, a county fair exhibit, and food and other vendors. Teams compete to turn the best piece of junk into a jewel. This event is sponsored by Colorado Main Street. (325) 728-2072. (325) 728-2911. This event is held in Ruddick Park. (325) 728-2072. (325) 728-2911.
 
Annual World Championship Boer Goat Cook-Off, Sept or Oct:
Participants set up in Ruddick Park on Friday. The Colorado City Volunteer Fire Department will provide half of a boer goat to each cook. Other barbeque categories inlcude jackpot beans, brisket, dessert and pork ribs. There will also be a dessert auction and a Calcutta auction. (325) 728-5252.

Desert Rain:
This women’s clothing store. They serve beer and wine, have a happy hour, and sometimes have singing, dancing, live music, and cook hamburgers on the outside grill. (325) 728-8281. 102 East 2nd Street.
 
Mary’s Café:
They serve good country cooking, including breakfast. (325) 728-8000. 502 Hickory Street, 79512.  Reviews
 
Mi Ranchito Mexican Restaurant:
They serve very good queso, salsa, fajitas, enchiladas and other menu items. They have a patio with outdoor seating.  (325) 728-5591. 237 Concho Street, 79512.  Reviews
 
The Downtowner Restaurant:
They have a salad bar, and serve breakfasts, sandwiches, chicken fried chicken, and other menu items, and offer lunch specials. (325) 750-5066. 121 East 2nd Street. Reviews  
 
Bigg’s Pizza and Grill:
They serve very good pizza, chicken fettuccini, spaghetti, sandwiches, hamburgers, and other menu items. (325) 728-3300. 203 East 2nd Street.  Reviews