This rural county has about twenty ghost towns, five lively towns, and the dying towns of Bovina, Boyero, Karval, and Punkin Center. I-70 serves as a lifeline to a shriveling number of farms, ranches, and residents. From a peak population of 8,272 in 1920 the county has declined to half that number. Hugo, a town of 600, has been the seat since the county's formation in 1889, although Limon is now three times larger.
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