City of Colorado City

Colorado City

Originally known simply as “Colorado,” but renamed “Colorado City” by 1940, locals distinguish the name of their beloved town, proudly pronouncing it “Col‐o‐RAY‐da” City. Colorado City was established as a ranger camp and a center for cattlemen in 1877. The town acquired a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railway and was made Mitchell County seat in 1881. Industry was largely agricultural until oil production began in 1916, boosting the local economy by 1920. Although the highway was designated locally in 1917, the main thoroughfare remained unpaved until the 1920s. IH 20 diverted traffic out of downtown in 1958. Today, the town welcomes travelers to learn more about its history at the Heart of West Texas Museum. The restored 1899 Colorado City Opera House, one of the oldest in west Texas, is once again the scene of weekly live entertainment.

Colorado City Area Chamber of Commerce
157 W. 2nd St.
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