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Baca County was created by the Colorado legislature on April 16, 1889. It was named in honor of pioneer and Colorado territorial legislator Felipe Baca.
It is located in the southeastern corner of Colorado. New Mexico and Oklahoma border it on the south, with Kansas on the east.
Baca County ranges from 3,500 feet to 5,280 elevation above sea level. The climate is semi-arid, with an average annual precipitation of about 12 inches in northwest corner to about 17 inches in the southeastern corner.
Compared with the Front Range communities, land, labor and cost of living are low, with labor having a strong work ethic. Baca County is the fifth most populous county in the southeast Colorado Enterprise Development region and is the second least densely populated with 1.8 persons per square mile in the 2000 census. The state average is 41.5 persons per square mile.Baca County is in an enterprise zone that offers tax credits as well as other assistance in relocating in southeastern Colorado. to their own herd. Higher education is available within 50 to just over 100 miles away at Lamar Community Collage, Otero Junior Collage at La Junta or Panhandle University near Guymon, Oklahoma.
US Highway 287 has been designated as the Ports-to Plains Trade Corridor between Old Mexico and Denver, Colorado. This Designation is bringing improved travel and safety on the major north/south highway. An east/west highway, 160 intersects with 287 just south of Springfield. It is a major route across southern Colorado between Kansas and Arizona. Highway 50 from Pueblo east to Kansas state line has been designated as a connector route and is being funded for major improvements starting in the near future.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad is a main north/south freight line, with a short line, the Cimarron railroad, serving the Walsh and Vilas Communities east into Kansas.
There are five good schools serving the six communities. Federal, State and County government offices are in Springfield. Emergency medical help is on call in all six communities with the Southeast Colorado Hospital providing excellent medical care, with nursing home and Alzheimer care units. The Walsh and Springfield Communities have assisted living facilities for the elderly. Springfield Communities have assisted living facilities for the elderly.
Springfield hosts a Class B-1 municipal airport, with pilot control lighting, MIRL, the runway is 5,000 by 60 feet of concrete at an elevation of 4,390 feet. It was constructed in 1999. Drive time to town is 5 minutes.
Recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, bird watching and exploring the canyon lands with their rock art, archeological and paleontology history.