Yuma County was established by an act of the General Assembly, approved March 15, 1889. To it was added the east part of Adams county, May 12, 1903. The county seat was moved from Yuma to Wray by vote of the people in the autumn of 1902. Yuma is the third county in the state in cattle raising, and its assessed valuation for 1906 was $2,026,289. Besides Wray there are numerous towns and settlements scattered through the county.
YUMA - Located in the western part of the county on the C., B. & Q. Railroad, and in the cattle district.
LAIRD - Also on the railroad in the eastern part of the county near the state line.
VERNON - A flourishing village in the farming community fourteen miles south and west of Wray.
IDALIA - Situated on the divide between the South Fork of the Republican and the Arikaree. The town was laid out in the spring of 1888. It is thirty-two miles southwest of Wray, and is the center of an extensive farming and cattle country.
Besides these there are also: Armel, Lansing, Newton, Hale, Kirk, and Eckley, all having general stores except Eckley.
WRAY - The county seat, was laid off July 27, 1886, by the C-C Land and Cattle Co., by William Campbell, president, and Amos Steck, secretary, the plat being filed July 31. Another plat of the town, surveyed by A. B. Smith in August, 1886, signed by the president and secretary of the Lincoln Land Co. and by the C-C Land and Cattle Co., was filed October 7, 1886. Sheriff Lovell, according to Hall's History of Colorado, is the authority for the statement that the town was named for Mr. John Wray, formerly cattle foreman for I. P. Olive.
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