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The Town of Crawford is a Statutory Town in Delta County, Colorado, United States. In 2010, Crawford's population was 431,[8] but the surrounding mesas and valleys support a vibrant farming and ranching community that locals call Crawford Country USA.

State of Colorado
Town of Crawford, Colorado
Crawford in 2016.
Crawford in 2016.
Nickname(s): 
Crawford Country USA
Location of Crawford in Delta County, Colorado.
Location of Crawford in Delta County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 38°42′19″N 107°36′36″W / 38.705183°N 107.610061°W / 38.705183; -107.610061Coordinates: 38°42′19″N 107°36′36″W / 38.705183°N 107.610061°W / 38.705183; -107.610061[2]
CountryUnited States
StateColorado
CountyDelta County[1]
IncorporatedDecember 19, 1910[3]
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total0.24 sq mi (0.63 km2)
 • Land0.24 sq mi (0.63 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation6,800 ft (2,073 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total431
 • Estimate 
(2016)[6]
413
 • Density1,699.59/sq mi (655.93/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code[7]
81415
Area code(s)970
FIPS code08-17925
GNIS feature ID0186721

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Pioneer DaysEdit

For 40 years during the second weekend in June, Crawford Country celebrates its roots with a town festival called Pioneer Days,[9] kicked off with a parade and culminated with a spectacular fireworks display over the reservoir at Crawford State Park. Pioneer Days is a special time for the local community and committee of volunteers who raise funds and coordinate the many activities. Crawford's Town Park is the focal point for most of the festivities.

The Pioneer Days' schedule usually includes a locally produced Melodrama starting on Thursday evening and followed by 2 shows on Saturday.[10] Friday evening features the annual benefit auction, baking contest, and Fire Auxiliary BBQ dinner at Town Hall. Saturday is a fun-filled day when the community, families, friends, and visitors alike get together to socialize, browse the craft booths, eat “fair food”, throw a horseshoe, and race outhouses. The morning begins with a Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast followed by a lively parade down the main street to the Town Park full of local vendors showing their wares. Many activities are for children, and there is often a miniature train to ride around town. Town Park festivities are capped with a Cowboy Cook-off followed by music from a local band. Saving the best for last, the grand finale is the fireworks display Saturday evening at Crawford State Park. Sunday wraps up the festivities with a ride your horse to Sunday morning service in Town Park.[10]

HistoryEdit

Crawford was founded in 1882.[11] The town was named for George A. Crawford, governor-elect of Kansas[12][13] and a founder of Grand Junction, Colorado. A post office has been in operation at Crawford since 1883.[14]

GeographyEdit

Crawford is located at 38°42′15″N 107°36′39″W / 38.70417°N 107.61083°W / 38.70417; -107.61083 (38.704235, −107.610925).[15] It is seventy highway miles southeast of Grand Junction.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land. The northern shore of Crawford Reservoir stands about a mile south.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1920149
19301575.4%
194022140.8%
1950170−23.1%
1960147−13.5%
197017116.3%
198026856.7%
1990221−17.5%
200036665.6%
201043117.8%
Est. 2016413[6]−4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

As of the census[17] of 2000, there were 366 people, 147 households, and 104 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,409.8 people per square mile (543.5/km²). There were 179 housing units at an average density of 689.5 per square mile (265.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.72% White, 1.64% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.19% of the population.

There were 147 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town, the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,281, and the median income for a family was $27,500. Males had a median income of $37,917 versus $16,563 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,284. About 23.5% of families and 29.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.8% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved September 1, 2007.
  2. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. December 1, 2004. Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  4. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation Highway Signs
  6. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 4, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2007.
  8. ^ 2010 United States Census
  9. ^ "Crawford Pioneer Days Website".
  10. ^ a b "Crawford Pioneer Days Schedule".
  11. ^ Bright, William (2004). Colorado Place Names. Big Earth Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-55566-333-9.
  12. ^ Capace, Nancy (March 1, 1999). Encyclopedia of Colorado. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-403-09813-2.
  13. ^ 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. 15.
  14. ^ "Delta County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  18. ^ Joe Cocker's 243-acre ranch is on the market in Colorado Los Angeles Times. February 19, 2015.

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