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Las Animas County, Colorado

US county information
NameLas Animas County
StateColorado
SeatTrinidad
Largest cityTrinidad
US Area
Total Area4775.42 sq mi (12368.3 km2)
Land Area4772.63 sq mi (12361.1 km2)
Water Area2.79 sq mi (7.2 km2)
Population15207 (2000)
Density0.8/km2 (2/sq mi)
Named forAnimas River
Time zoneMountain
Time zoneMountain: UTC-7/-6: -7/-6

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Las Animas County has the largest area of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. Las Animas County takes its name from the Mexican Spanish name of the Purgatoire River, originally called El Río de las Ánimas Perdidas en Purgatorio, which means "River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory." The county's population was 15,207 at the 2000 census. The county seat is Trinidad.


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