Colorado was originally part of the Kansas and Nebraska territories, but was separated and made into its own territory in 1861. It became a state in 1876, 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Routt County, located in northwestern Colorado, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Ute and Arapaho, who relied on the abundant natural resources for their survival.

In the mid-19th century, European settlers began arriving in the region. Trappers and traders were among the first to explore the area, followed by miners who were drawn by the discovery of gold and silver. The town of Hahns Peak became a key mining center, attracting prospectors from far and wide.

The establishment of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in the late 19th century played a significant role in the development of Routt County. The railway opened up transportation routes to previously isolated areas and facilitated the growth of towns like Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Springs quickly became a popular destination for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to its natural hot springs and nearby skiing opportunities.

Today, Routt County is known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor recreational activities. It is home to several national forests, including Routt and Medicine Bow, which offer numerous hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing opportunities. The county also hosts various annual events and festivals, such as the Winter Carnival and the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, which attract visitors from all over the world. With its diverse history and stunning natural landscape, Routt County continues to be a vibrant and sought-after destination for both residents and tourists alike.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Routt County, Colorado.

  • 1877: Routt County is established on January 29.
  • 1879: Steamboat Springs is founded as a small ranching community.
  • 1883: The Town of Steamboat Springs is incorporated.
  • 1890: The railroad arrives in Steamboat Springs, boosting the town's growth.
  • 1904: The Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, the oldest continuously operating performing arts school in the country, is established.
  • 1918: Routt County experiences a flu epidemic during the worldwide influenza pandemic.
  • 1932: Steamboat Ski Resort opens as one of the first skiing areas in Colorado.
  • 1965: Routt County's population reaches its peak at over 11,000 residents.
  • 1970: The Yampa Valley Regional Airport opens, providing a convenient air travel option for the region.
  • 1997: The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club celebrates its 90th anniversary.
  • 2002: The Routt County Museum opens, showcasing the history and culture of the area.
  • 2019: The county celebrates its 142nd anniversary since establishment.