The Town of Deer Trail was incorporated in 1920. The Town prides itself in the daily contribution to individual and community well being. Committed to preserving our western heritage while still developing the community to meet the challenges of the future, Deer Trail believes that by sharing common values we can increase the opportunity of each individual in the community.
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Deer Trail developed around a railroad station. In 1870, a station was built when the railroad tracks were laid. On November 11, 1875, the Kansas Pacific Railway granted and platted the land for the town of Deer Trail. Deer Trail became an important shipping point in eastern Colorado for livestock, and later grain, cream, eggs, and other products.
On July 4, 1869, Deer Trail was home to the first rodeo. Many homes and businesses were built in Deer Trail prior to the
turn of the century. The Town incorporated in 1920. Deer Trail adopted a mayor and board of trustees type of government. S. Guy Morrow was the Town’s first mayor. He was elected on April 6, 1920. The 1920′s also marked Deer Trail’s most prosperous era. Many businesses opened including two banks, two lumber companies, two barber shops, three hotels, five markets and grocery stores, several cream stations, a drug store, fashion shop, theater, cafes, bakery,
doctor and dentists offices, a real estate office, and grain elevators. The fairgrounds were built in the 1920′s by a group of Deer Trail business men who formed a Fair Association. By September 23, 1920, the regulation half-mile track, large grandstand, and pavillion was built.
In 1923 an artesian water well was drilled. In 1924 a water tower was constructed as well as the sewer system. The 1930′s were significant in Deer Trail’s history because during the decade a highway through town was constructed. This road is known as State Highway 40, or 1st Avenue. During the 1960s Interstate 70 was constructed.
On June 17, 1965, Deer Trail suffered a tremendous flood. Sections of the railroad tracks and of highway 40 were washed downstream. The business district was under six feet of water. The Town never fully recovered. Many business owners chose not to rebuild, others moved to be closer to the 1-70 interchange, and other buildings had to be torn
down. In 1969, after nearly 100 years, the railroad discontinued service to the depot. The deed to the depot was given to the Deer Trail Pioneer Historical Society and in June, 1971, the structure was moved to the town park to be used
Deer Trail Rural Fire Protection District
EMERGENCY DIAL 911
488 1st Ave
Deer Trail, CO 80105-8072 MAP
Fire Chief: Richard Loveless
Non Emergency: 303.769.4748