Hayden (1875, 6,336 feet) was named for Ferdinand V. Hayden, the U.S. Geological Surveyor who camped near here while doing fieldwork for the first Geological and Geographical Atlas of Colorado (1877). Founded as a ranch center, Hayden became a rail town in 1913. This quaint, tree-shaded town in the picturesque Yampa River Valley served as the first county seat, from 1877 to 1879. The small frame house on Jefferson Avenue (U.S. 40) serves as the town hall. The largest of the three cast-stone houses (c. 1909) at Poplar and Washington streets is the three-story Hayden House (1909).
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