Westcliffe - Silver Cliff - Custer County Frequently Asked Questions?
Some informative Facts and Fun rumors!
What is the population of Westcliffe?
Westcliffe Population 568 (2010 census)
Silver Cliff Population 587
Custer County Population 4,255 which includes both Westcliffe, Silver Cliff and the unincorporated Custer County 3,100.
What is the elevation of Westcliffe?
Westcliffe sits at 7867
How Did Westcliffe Get its name?
In 1881 when the Denver and Rio Grande railroad was extended to the area, the community was named Westcliffe after an English town named Westcliffe-on-the-Sea..
Does Westcliffe produce the best hay in the country?
The west side of the Wet Mountain Valley floor is occupied by many hay producing ranches. Although we have been unable to validate that the best hay comes from Westcliffe, CO; some say it's the best hay in the world, a mixture of mostly timothy grass sprinkled with fine-seed grasses and clover, a legume that adds to the protein value of the hay.
Is it true that Silver Cliff was once considered to become the capital of Colorado.
Silver Cliff adjacent to Westcliffe was indeed considered to become the Capital of Colorado. Rumor has it that the historic Beckwith ranch was built to be the governor's mansion and Silver Cliff lost by only 2 votes. Although, Wikipedia reports that Silver Cliff, then Colorado's third-largest with a population of 5,040 showed no interest in being the State Capital City.
Which town is the Custer County Seat?
Westcliffe is the county seat and the courts and all other county related offices are located at 205 S 6th St, Westcliffe, CO 81252, Phone:(719) 783-2274
Has anyone ever sighted a UFO in Westcliffe?
The San Luis Valley on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains appears to be the UFO hot spot of the area; yet there have been a few sightings in Westcliffe.
Saw a circular craft with spinning red and white lights
Bright object fades then accelerates away
Unknown orange lights in the colorado sky