Huerfano County Post Offices

by Carol Stevens

HUERFANO- We all know about the post office.  We go there to either buy stamps or to send a package.  We may even get our mail there. We know it’s been around forever, but did you know about the post offices in Huerfano County?  At every mine camp, there was a post office.  Here is a complete list of the post offices, along with the years they were in operation: Alamo (1923-1938), Apache (1878-1882, 1894-1925), Badito (1865-1910), Birmingham (1883-1894), Bradford (1889-1895), Butte Valley (1869-1878, 1938-1949), Cacharas (1870-1872), Camp Shumway (1911-1924) Capps (1894-1901), Carson (1868-1873), Clover (1912-1922), Cuchara (1957-1959), Cuchara Camps (1916-1957), Cucharas (1872-1877, 1877-1921), Delcarbon (1915-1953), Dickson (1879-1885), Farista (1923-1990), Farr (1907-1945), Gordon (1924-1938), Grays Ranch (1863-1866), Hezron (1902-1912), Houck (1883-1883), Huerfano Canon (1878-1890), Huerfano Canyon (1871-1871), Ideal (1910-1929), Larimer (1907-1914), Lascar (1916-1947, Little Orphan (1865-1865), Maitland (1898-1935), Malachite (1880-1915), Mayne (1905-1907), McGuire (1905-1907), McMillin (1900-1904), Mooney (1896-1896), Muriel (1903-1906), Mustang (1914-1940), North Veta (1920-1934), Nunda (1883-1888), Oakview (1907-1930), Ojo (1880-1881, 1913-1928), Pauley (1920-1929), Pictou (1889-1932), Point Of Rocks (1864-1865), Pryor (1898-1996), Quebec (1880-1884), Rattlesnake Buttes (1918-1938), Ravenwood (1910-1939), Rockland (1914-1915), Round Oak (1908-1910), Rouse (1889-1929), Saint Marys (1867-1907), Santa Clara (1873-1894), Scissors (1884-1894), Seguro (1895-1901), Sharpsdale (1883-19343), Solar (1915-1926), Spanish Peak (1871-1876), Spanish Peaks (1920-1920), Strong (1905-1929), Tabegauche (1869-1869), Talpa (1890-1912), Tioga (1907-1954), Tourist (1887-1887), Trinidad (1862-1864), Ute, (1888-1900), Veta Pass (1889-1890), Walsen (1902-1932), Walsenburg (1870-1892), Warrantsville (1876-1877), and Yellowstone Creek (1915-1916).

    Of course, there are post offices we still frequent. Listed is the post office, along with the year it was first opened: Gardner (1871), La Veta (1876), Redwing (1914), and Walsenburg  (1892).

    On each of the post offices, there are cancelled postmarks available for purchase. Tioga Mine post office showed a postmark available for $10, with the date of Sept. 1939. They can be viewed, and purchased online at  www.postalhistory.com.  From the home page, on left side, click on U.S. Post Offices.  Scroll down to access Post Office listings, and then click on link. On the next page, click on Colorado. The following page shows all the counties, click on Huerfano, and the rest is “history”.