Merino (1883, 4,035 feet) amounted to a single store until the arrival in 1907 of a newspaper to puff the town, the Merino Breeze. Soon after, a doctor and “veterinary dentist” came to town. His services provided a boost in amenities, replacing those of the former blacksmith dentist. A few miles west, along the South Platte River, lay the adobe ranch house of Godfrey's Station, which Indians, after an unsuccessful 1864 attack, called “Fort Wicked.” Merino is now a stable farm town of about 230 people.
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