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Costilla County

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    Costilla County, part of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, originated as a Mexican land grant issued in 1843.
    Costilla County
  • View of Railway and Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Blanca, c. 1910
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References: 

Carl Abbott, Stephen J. Leonard, and Thomas J. Noel, Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, 4th ed. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2005).

Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, “Narrow Gauge Routes,” updated November 2, 2011.

Bruce Finley, “Water Worries in Colorado’s San Luis Valley Come to Surface,” The Denver Post, January 17, 2012.

Lauren Gallegos, Christina Gallegos, and Ashley Martinez, “Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Management Plan: February 2013.”

History Colorado, “Costilla County,” n.d.

Iowa Pacific Railroad, “San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad,” n.d.

Jerry Lucas, “Wild Horse Mesa, Colorado,” updated January 4, 2016.

Tom McGhee, “Costilla County Suffering Growing Pains, as Newcomers Move to Desert,” The Denver Post, October 4, 2016.

National Park Service, “Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area,” n.d.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe. “History of the Southern Ute,” n.d.

US Census Bureau, “State and County Quick Facts: Costilla County,” updated 2015.

US Forest Service, “History and Culture of the San Luis Valley Area,” n.d.

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