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South Fork is a statutory town in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. It is at the conflueince of the South Fork and Rio Grande rivers. The population was 604 at the 2000 census.GeographySouth Fork is located at.According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.4sqmi, all of it land.HistorySouth Fork was once the site of timber milling operations.South Fork was founded in 1882, by which date its location was already marked by the presence of a coaching post dating from the construction of the railroad connection of the Rio Grande Western Railroad line to Creede which had been built to support the Creede silver mine. It was only in 1992 that South Fork achieved independent statutory town status, making it the youngest statutory town in the state. Originally the principal economic activities involved forestry and mining, but in recent decades these have been overtaken in the employment statistics by tourism.On June 21, 2013, a wildfire burning from the town prompted mandatory evacuations for all South Fork residents. Firefighters initially said the fire would likely consume the town. In subsequent days it was reported that the town probably would not burn, although the fire came as close as from the town.
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