Lincoln County was established in 1889. Hugo
is the county seat.
Lincoln County is shaped like a backwards "L".
It includes 1,644,000 acres.
Lincoln County is 72 miles from north to south and
48 miles at its widest point (south).
Elevations range from 4,500 to 5,400.
Neighboring counties are:
and El Paso Counties.
An Article about Walk's
Camp A must read item.
Lincoln County population statistics:
1900 - population was 926
1920 - population was 8,273
1990 - population was 4,529
2000 - population was 6,087
1861 - Colorado Territory. The are now in
Lincoln County was partly in the Cheyenne Arapahoe
Reservation and in Douglas County, one of the 17
1870 - Bent County created from Huerfano County
and Indian Lands (Cheyenne Arapahoe Reservation)
1870 - Greenwood created from Bent and Indian
1874 - Greenwood dissolved; area split between
Elbert and Bent counties. Elbert was a new
county, created from parts of Douglas and
1876 - Colorado becomes a state with 26 counties.
1889 - April 11. Lincoln County created from
from portions of Elbert and Bent
counties. Named for Abraham Lincoln.
Hugo named county seat.
1889 - May. The final division of assessment from
Elbert County; Lincoln County got the old
Elbert County Jailhouse which was located in
1890 - May. A U.S. Land Office was established in
First County Officers Appointed by the Governor, Job
Ernest A. SUTTON of Hugo, chairman
Charles F. MILLER of Bovina
Archibald McINTYRE of Sanborn
Treasurer: John P. DICKINSON of Hugo
Judge: John W. WILLIAMS of Hugo
County clerk: Addison K. LaDUE, former assessor of
First County Officers Appointed by the Commissioners
County Assessor: Arthur BATSON
Sheriff: Frank TOMPKINS
County Attorney: W. J. ROGERS of Denver, hired
Superintendent of Schools: Hiram LOWELL
Surveyor: David WILL
Road Overseer: Charles J. NORMAN
SMOKY HILL TRAIL.
North SMOKY HILL TRAIL - from Kansas City
(Westport) to Denver. Also called the Butterfield Trail
for the Butterfield Overland Dispatch. The BOD was a
stageline which began operation in 1865. This trail came
into use in 1866. From David's Wells in Cheyenne County
the trail went to Connell Creek in Lincoln County.
South SMOKY HILL TRAIL - From Grady Station in
Cheyenne County the stage went to Hugo Springs in Lincoln
From: "Butterfield Overland Despatch, Table of
Hugo Springs - 13 miles from David's Wells - Excellent
Willow Springs - 12 miles from Hugo Springs - Good
Lake Station - 13 miles from Willow Springs - Water
STAGE STOPS, 0n the North Smoky Hill Trail
Connell Creek - near Boyero, eating
Coon Creek - 1/2 mile east of Clifford
Hogan Station - about 1 mile west of Hugo
Hedinger's Lake - 3 miles southeast of present day
Lake - stage stop
STAGE STOPS, 0n the South Smoky Hill Trail
Hugo Springs - 7 miles north of Boyero; a
Willow Springs - a swing station
Hedinger's Lake - here the routes merged.
River Bend - in Elbert County
Kansas Pacific Railroad reached Colorado
on January 25, 1870. Tracks were laid across Cheyenne
county [Greenwood county, at that time] following
the Smoky Hill Trail. By the end of June 1870 the
railroad reached the western end (Aroyo). The following
is a chronology of the railroad construction progress
from Aroya across present-day Lincoln County:
June 25, 1870 - BOYERO, near the CONNELL
Station used by the Butterfield Overland Dispatch.
Stage service continued from the end of the rails to
Denver during the construction of the railroad.
July 1, 1870 - MIRAGE in (later renamed
July 4, 1870 - WILLOW SPRINGS; became part of
present day HUGO.
July 5, 1870 - HUGO; the division point.
July 7, 1870 - BAGDAD
July 10, 1870 - LAKE stage station, post
office set up July 27, 1870 -
July 11, 1870 - LIMON; Rock Island Railroad
built in 1888.
Burlington Railroad crossed the north end of what
is now Lincoln County.
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
(or Rock Island Railroad, for short) entered present day
Lincoln County in 1888. It reached ARRIBA on August 23,
1888. The Rock Island RR crossed the county in six weeks.
With towns popping up along the way.
The Texas-Montana Cattle Trail - the
trail followed the Big Sandy river; going north to Hugo,
Bovina, past Walk's Camp, and on to Brush and Wyoming.
The last cattle herds passed Hugo in 1902. Historical
Marker: located at Lincoln-Cheyenne County line where
the Texas-Montana Trail crossed the Smoky Hill Trail.
SITES in Lincoln
Martin Homestead - 57920 County Rd.,
Genoa. Built 1899-1916. State Register 03/12/96,
World's Wonder View Tower - 30121 Frontage Rd,
Genoa. Built in 1926. In 1934, USGS confirmed the top of
the tower was the highest point between New York City and
Denver. State Register 12/13/95, 5LN194
Hedlund House - 617 3rd Ave., Hugo. Built circa
1877. State Register 03/12/96, 5LN100
Hugo Union Pacific Railroad Roundhouse - Adjacent
to Union Pacific RR right-of-way, Hugo. Built in 1909.
State Register 05/14/97, 5LN195
Walks Camp Park - 63551 County Rd. 27, Limon
vicinity. North of Limon, Walks Camp Park Association
established in 1915. Grandstand built in 1930; State
Register 03/11/98, 5LN94
"The Press Gang, Colorado Newspapers
by Jane Harper, Historian, Colorado Press
This is an excellent online history: Chapter
on Lincoln County or, to select other