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Welcome to Amherst ...

Amherst is located in Phillips County<1>.


The location of Amherst has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>


While we don't have a date for the founding of Amherst, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1888.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Amherst: Named after Amherst, Massachusetts

Amherst is 3,690 feet [1,125 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Amherst is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Amherst lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Amherst (for example, toward Wallace (NE)), you will leave Mountain Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The telephone area code for Amherst: (970)

The ZIP code for Amherst: 80721<4>

Communities Also Named Amherst ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 24 communities that are also named Amherst - they are located in Florida, Illinois, Kansas (2), Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York (2), North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Quebec, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia (2) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Amherst.

Communities near Amherst ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Amherst.

  • Holyoke
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
  • Venango
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Venango have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Venango
    • Venango is located in Perkins County (NE)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 159 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Venango <5>
  • Paoli
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paoli have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paoli
    • Paoli is located in Phillips County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 35 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paoli <5>
  • Lamar
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lamar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lamar
    • Lamar is located in Chase County (NE)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 22 people
  • Brandon
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brandon
    • Brandon is located in Perkins County (NE)
  • Julesburg
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the north)
  • Ovid
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ovid
    • Ovid is located in Sedgwick County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 302 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ovid <5>
  • Crete
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crete
    • Crete is located in Chase County (NE)
  • Haxtun
    (24 miles [38.6 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haxtun have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haxtun
    • Haxtun is located in Phillips County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 937 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Haxtun <5>
  • Sedgwick
    (25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sedgwick have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sedgwick
    • Sedgwick is located in Sedgwick County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 137 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sedgwick <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Amherst. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Amherst.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Amherst. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Amherst.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Amherst. See our Newspapers Page for Amherst.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Amherst ...

Looking for more information about Amherst? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Amherst, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Amherst.

Adding Amherst to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Amherst in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Amherst was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Amherst post office opened in 1888.

We also found Amherst in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Amherst.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Amherst. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including Phillips, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Amherst - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Amherst). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Amherst or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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