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La Veta

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The Town of La Veta is a Statutory Town in Huerfano County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 800 as of the 2010 United States Census.HistoryColonel John Francisco and Judge Henry Daigre formed a partnership and purchased land under the Vigil-St. Vrain Land Grant in 1868. The land was located on a Native American trail used by the Ute People . Joined by Hiram Washington Vasquez, Francisco and Daigre built a plaza known as Francisco Fort to supply the Denver mining camps with products from ranching and farming. Ranches and farms like that of the Bela and Fain families were located nearby.In Spanish, La Veta translates as “the mineral vein”—an appropriate name given the town's association with mining claims such as the abandoned mining camp of Ojo, which is located a few miles from the town and whose concrete foundations can still be seen upon close inspection. Hiram Vasquez said that the town was named by Mexican settlers from a vein of white mineral which they called “La Veta Tierra Blanca”.By 1876 the Denver and Rio Grande Railway Company—later the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad—built a narrow gauge railroad through a right-of-way to the plaza and 200acre for a town site donated by Francisco and Daigre. The tracks continued put of La Veta over what is known today as “Old La Veta Pass”, completing a trek up to an elevation of 9382ft to a depot built by 1877. The train continued west into the San Luis Valley. In 1899 The railroad converted the rails to standard gauge and rerouted the rails to Veta Pass, 9242ft, 9 miles south of La Veta Pass. The old narrow gauge roadbed was converted to a wagon road.
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