Alamosa, Colorado | Alamosa literally grew up overnight.  In June 1878, the City of Alamosa went from a tent City to a rail center for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.  According to local legend, the rail crews were fed in Garland City in the morning then the building was placed on a flat car and the crews were fed dinner from the same building in Alamosa that night.  Many of the City’s first buildings were brought in whole on railroad flat cars.  Alamosa was incorporated on August 30, 1878.   Alamosa, which means “cottonwood” in Spanish, is the hub of the San Luis Valley for retail and services.

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Colorado features the Rocky mountains, pine trees, and one of the state's nicknames; "Colorful Colorado." Colorado became the 38th state in 1876.

Colorado is the 8th most extensive and the 21st most populous of the 50 United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Colorado was 5,540,545 on July 1, 2016.