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Colorado Deed History

Colorado was admitted as the 38th state on August 1, 1876 after President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation to that effect. Prior to statehood, the Territory of Colorado was an organized incorporated territory of the United States from February 28, 1861 until it was admitted to the Union. Its original boundaries remain unchanged.

Colorado has 64 counties, two of which have consolidated city and county governments. The first county, Arapahoe, was formed in 1861. El Paso County, formally created in 1871, is the most populous county in the state. The first county clerk in El Paso, George A. Bute, was elected in 1861 and served as clerk from 1862-1865. In an early recorded deed from El Paso County dated August 18, 1859, the Colorado City Company claimed 1, 280 acres as a town site.

The first land grants in Colorado were from Spain and Mexico. These claims were honored by America when it first acquired the territory in 1848. When the U.S. first acquired Colorado, a large portion of the land was unclaimed and became part of the public domain. The federal government transferred the public domain land to private ownership through land offices in a process called land entry. After land was transferred to private ownership, the later transactions were recorded in county offices.