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Mancos (1877, 6,993 feet) was named for the Mancos (Spanish for one-handed) River by members of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition after one of their party fell from his horse and injured his arm. Initially a ranching community, it became a tourist town catering to visitors at nearby Mesa Verde National Park. Boyle Park, at the east end of Main Street, contains a stout, two-cell jail (1895), built of two-by-six boards laid flat. Vintage Main Street buildings include the Columbine Bar (1902). On U.S. 160, 3 miles west of town, sagebrush flats surround the Hogan Trading Post, with fake Plains Indians tipis amid telephone-pole-sized arrows.

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Thomas J. Noel

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