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Meeker, Colorado

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Meeker, Colorado
Aerial view of Meeker
Aerial view of Meeker
Motto(s): 
The river runs through it.
Location of Meeker in Rio Blanco County, Colorado.
Location of Meeker in Rio Blanco County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 40°2′22″N 107°54′39″W / 40.03944°N 107.91083°W / 40.03944; -107.91083
Country United States
State State of Colorado
CountyRio Blanco (County seat)[1]
Founded1883
Incorporated1885-11-10[2]
Named forNathan Meeker
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • MayorRegis Halandras[3]
Area
 • Total3.50 sq mi (9.08 km2)
 • Land3.50 sq mi (9.08 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation6,240 ft (1,902 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total2,475
 • Estimate 
(2018)[6]
2,261
 • Density671.04/sq mi (259.07/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[7]
81641
Area code(s)970
FIPS code08-49875
GNIS feature ID0173407
WebsiteTown of Meeker

Meeker is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Rio Blanco County, Colorado, United States.[8] The town population was 2475 at the 2010 United States Census. The town is largely an agricultural community, located in the wide fertile valley of the White River in northwestern Colorado. Relatively isolated from other communities, it sits near the intersection of State Highway 13 and State Highway 64, on the north side of the White River and at the base of a long ridge, known locally as China Wall. The Bureau of Land Management has a regional office in the town. Meeker is the home of the annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog trials.

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Hey guys, Juliana Broste here, TravelingJules. Right here in Northwestern Colorado, the great West is the place to slow down and take it all in. We're headed to the Flat Tops Wilderness and Meeker and Rangely. An adventure here has surprises around every corner. Wow, it's beautiful up here. Who doesn't love the wilderness? The adventure begins in one of two Colorado small towns on either end of the flat tops trail scenic and historic byway On one end you have the ranching town of Meeker, Mmm. The Meeker Hotel and Cafe is definitely worth a visit. Whoa! I heard they have a lot of mounts--so many! That one's a porcupine, that one's a fox. Elk. Now I feel like I've seen it all. But I'm kicking it off right here in a town that began as a hunting camp. Alright it just arrived in Yampa-- This town is super cute Gonna stop into the ranger station to get a little bit of information. Alright I'm all set, I've got my maps I've got some wonderful recommendations. I'm feeling lucky, I think we're gonna find some wildlife. I hit the road on an 82 mile one-way journey a dirt and gravel road less traveled. Yampa...17, to 132 to 8. Yeah! I got it, let's do this. Much of the area is open rangeland. There's cattle in the road! They are all staring at me. (laughs) That's not something you see every day in the city. Alright we gotta check this out. So this is Dunkley Pass Overlook and over there is Pyramid Peak. This is the Pyramid Guard Station it was built in 1934, I would stay here. I like I'm in a painting, a window into the wilderness. Because of the Wilderness Act in 1964, this area remains untouched by man. It's no wonder the Ute Indians call this place the shining mountains. I take a short detour and wake up off the grid surrounded by nature in a remote pocket of Northwest Colorado. This is Trappers Lake Lodge. Wow So this is where I'm sleeping, this is one of the cabins. It was built at the turn of the century. It's very rustic and historic--you can get a sense of what people lived like back then. It's quite small, it's one of their smallest cabins, but it's just enough. They have a heater, lots of blankets and of course some power. They shut off the generator at 9:30 so you've got to make sure you have all your charging down before then. You can have a full shower over in the bathhouse. This is such a getaway, there's no cell phone service, You're really just here with nature and that's the beauty of it. I head over to the lodge for breakfast. The best way to start the day, pancakes! Just getting ready to go horseback riding today! Giddyup. Here at Trappers Lake, there are many outdoor activities and trails to explore. I'm saddling up to get a lay of the land the old fashioned way. The white horse? Hi, what's your name? Snowman. You know my name is Broste, sounds like Frosty Snowman. This way. Hey, I didn't say you could eat hay. Come on, Snowman. You can venture out for a few hours or a full day. He just keeps eating and eating and eating! And then Jules comes riding in on a white horse. (laughs) Just imagine the days trappers and pioneers traversed these lands. There's the Flat Tops up there. They are pretty magical. You silly! He keeps eating everything. Slow and steady. What makes the wilderness so special is that they don't allow bikes, machines, motors. You have to go by foot or by horse. Alright we're now entering the wilderness-- once you're into the wilderness you're not allowed to videotape anymore. Cameras off! Smiling back at the wilderness behind me, I'm headed on now to Rangely, another Colorado small town with some interesting things to do. First stop, I'm headed south to explore the Painted Canyon, Canyon Pintado. Ah ha! I'm just getting a lay of the land Okay so we're at the South orientation point We'll be going to eight different sites along the 15 mile stretch off of 139 Okay here's the first one, waving hands recreation site. There are hundreds of archaeological sites right here in the Canyon Pintado National Historic District, including pictographs and petroglyphs, mostly from the Fremont Culture and Ute. This so cool, it's kind of a make your own adventure, so you can really choose the stops you want to go to and choose how long you want to spend there. Rangely is also home to a rare gem in the disguise of a water tower This gravel bed curved the bottom making it unfit for storage, but full of interesting effects. Wow, so this is the tank! The TANK Sonic Center for the Arts It's famous for its sonic sound. This used to be a water tower and it kind of failed at its job. People today use it as a secret recording space because of its unique sound. Shall we go inside? Wow. Hello? This is so cool! Hey, I'm TravelingJules! The sound of a footstep will last like 40 seconds. You can feel it it's really emotional. It has this amazing reverberation, it has this incredible texture to it. When you first walk into the TANK you experience immense feeling of reverb and wonder. Yeah, like a sense of awe. Yes. Yeah, it's like you're experiencing your human senses for the first time. There's also a recording studio in case you want to take your session home as a souvenir. Keep your eye on the calendar to catch a jam session or live performance. The TANK is like an instrument itself, you have to go by what works in there and slow it down. (singing) If that makes me, if that makes me... So if you love to play music, if you love to sing, this is a great place to experiment. And on Saturdays you can come and experience it for free. The sound of the mighty tank is just really out of this world. Who knows what else is hiding here in Colorado. I guess you'll have to come see for yourself.

Contents

History

The town is named for Nathan Meeker,[9] the United States Indian Agent who was killed along with 11 other U.S. citizens by White River Ute Indians in the 1879 Meeker Massacre. The site of the massacre, the former White River Indian Agency, is located along State Highway 64 in the White River valley west of town and is marked by a prominent sign. None of the buildings remain.

After the massacre and the ensuing conflict known as the Ute War, in 1880 the US Congress passed legislation requiring the Ute population to relocate to reservations in Utah. The United States Army established a garrison on the current site of the town, called the Camp at White River. The town was founded in 1883 following the removal of the troops. The White River Museum is located just north of the Rio Blanco County Courthouse and housed in several original wooden structures of the Army garrison.

The town emerged as a regional center for hunting by the turn of the 20th century. Theodore Roosevelt once visited the town on a mountain lion hunting trip and stayed in the historic Hotel Meeker opposite the courthouse. The town is also a favorite summer destination and permanent residence for many prominent Americans, including billionaire Henry Kravis, former President and COO of Goldman Sachs Jon Winkelried, and comedian Daniel Tosh.

Geography

Meeker is located at 40°2′22″N 107°54′39″W / 40.03944°N 107.91083°W / 40.03944; -107.91083 (40.039539, -107.910709).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890260
190050795.0%
191080759.2%
192093515.9%
19301,06914.3%
19401,39930.9%
19501,65818.5%
19601,655−0.2%
19701,597−3.5%
19802,35647.5%
19902,098−11.0%
20002,2426.9%
20102,47510.4%
Est. 20182,261[6]−8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 2,242 people, 919 households, and 605 families residing in the town. The population density was 769.8 people per square mile (297.5/km²). There were 1,054 housing units at an average density of 361.9 per square mile (139.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.39% White, 0.71% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 1.92% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.73% of the population.

There were 919 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males. These numbers do not include the residents of the unincorporated area surrounding the town.

The average income for households in the unincorporated areas surrounding Meeker was $83,501. The median income for a household in the town was $34,479, and the median income for a family was $43,529. Males had a median income of $36,026 versus $18,242 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,647. About 9.0% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Climate

Climate data for Meeker, CO
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 61
(16)
65
(18)
77
(25)
86
(30)
93
(34)
102
(39)
103
(39)
99
(37)
94
(34)
86
(30)
74
(23)
63
(17)
103
(39)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 49.6
(9.8)
53.4
(11.9)
64.0
(17.8)
73.9
(23.3)
82.6
(28.1)
89.7
(32.1)
93.2
(34.0)
91.4
(33.0)
86.1
(30.1)
77.6
(25.3)
65.1
(18.4)
52.7
(11.5)
93.4
(34.1)
Average high °F (°C) 36.0
(2.2)
40.0
(4.4)
48.0
(8.9)
58.4
(14.7)
69.1
(20.6)
79.2
(26.2)
85.7
(29.8)
83.2
(28.4)
75.2
(24.0)
63.2
(17.3)
48.9
(9.4)
36.8
(2.7)
60.3
(15.7)
Average low °F (°C) 6.1
(−14.4)
10.7
(−11.8)
19.7
(−6.8)
27.8
(−2.3)
34.4
(1.3)
40.4
(4.7)
46.8
(8.2)
45.8
(7.7)
37.3
(2.9)
27.9
(−2.3)
18.3
(−7.6)
8.6
(−13.0)
27.0
(−2.8)
Mean minimum °F (°C) −18.4
(−28.0)
−13.5
(−25.3)
−1.6
(−18.7)
13.4
(−10.3)
22.4
(−5.3)
29.4
(−1.4)
37.2
(2.9)
36.2
(2.3)
24.7
(−4.1)
14.4
(−9.8)
−3.5
(−19.7)
−15.4
(−26.3)
−24.0
(−31.1)
Record low °F (°C) −43
(−42)
−38
(−39)
−24
(−31)
−5
(−21)
12
(−11)
17
(−8)
23
(−5)
29
(−2)
14
(−10)
−6
(−21)
−25
(−32)
−36
(−38)
−43
(−42)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.10
(28)
1.05
(27)
1.39
(35)
1.72
(44)
1.48
(38)
1.19
(30)
1.41
(36)
1.74
(44)
1.61
(41)
1.54
(39)
1.16
(29)
1.15
(29)
16.54
(420)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 14.5
(37)
12.1
(31)
12.2
(31)
5.6
(14)
0.8
(2.0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
2.6
(6.6)
9.3
(24)
13.1
(33)
70.7
(179.9)
Source: https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?co5484

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees". Town of Meeker Colorado Government Website, Meeker Colorado. Archived from the original on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  4. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2007.
  8. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  9. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 34.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ "From the Archives: Virginia Neal Blue". University of Colorado Boulder. April 19, 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2019.

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