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Welcome to Animas Forks ...

So far, we have found very little information about Animas Forks. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Animas Forks to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Animas Forks, please Contact Us.


Animas Forks would have been located within present day San Juan County<2>.

A typical abbreviation for Animas Forks: Animas Frks.

See our Genealogy Helper Page for Animas Forks for more information about variations on the name of Animas Forks.

Animas Forks was settled in 1873.

While the community is gone, the present day location for Animas Forks is 11,180 feet [3,408 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Animas Forks is about 2¼ miles [or ~3½ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: The area where Animas Forks was located is in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Animas Forks would have been located in the (970) area code.

Adding Animas Forks to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Animas Forks was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Animas Forks in the The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States (Second Edition).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Animas Forks on our Genealogy Page.

Communities near Animas Forks ...

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

  • Telluride [San Miguel County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Telluride
    • Telluride [San Miguel County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<4> to the west of Animas Forks
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,479 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Telluride
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Telluride<5>
  • Mountain Village [San Miguel County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Village
    • Mountain Village [San Miguel County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the west of Animas Forks
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,426 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain Village have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Village
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain Village<5>
  • Ridgway [Ouray County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ridgway
    • Ridgway [Ouray County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<4> to the northwest of Animas Forks
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,039 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgway
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ridgway<5>
  • Ouray [Ouray County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ouray
    • Ouray [Ouray County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the northwest of Animas Forks
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,034 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ouray
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ouray<5>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Silverton [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silverton
      • Silverton [San Juan County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<4> to the southwest of Animas Forks
      • Estimated population in 2019: 663 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silverton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silverton<5>
    • Lake City [Hinsdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake City
      • Lake City [Hinsdale County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the northeast of Animas Forks
      • Estimated population in 2019: 394 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake City<5>
    • Ophir [San Miguel County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ophir
      • Ophir [San Miguel County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the west of Animas Forks
      • Estimated population in 2019: 184 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ophir have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ophir
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ophir<5>
    • Howardsville [San Juan County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Howardsville
      • Howardsville [San Juan County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the south of Animas Forks
    • Capitol City [Hinsdale County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Capitol City
      • Capitol City [Hinsdale County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the northeast of Animas Forks
    • Red Mountain [Ouray County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Mountain
      • Red Mountain [Ouray County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the west of Animas Forks

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 Animas Forks. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Animas Forks.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Animas Forks. 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 Animas Forks.

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Animas Forks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including San Juan, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Animas Forks - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Animas Forks) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Animas Forks. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Animas ForksOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Animas Forks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9316, Longitude: -107.5707    
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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