The Town of Flagler is a Statutory Town in Kit Carson County, Colorado, United States. The population was 561 at the 2010 census. Flagler is near Exit 395 on I-70 and about 120 miles east of Denver and Colorado Springs.
The town was established in 1888 as a small settlement near the then-new Rock Island Railroad. The area has had several names, and prior to the settlement of the town, the location had been home to a general store and post office named Bowser after the owner's dog. When the town was founded, the town was named Malowe after Rock Island Railroad attorney M. A. Lowe. The town was later renamed after Henry Flagler, railroad builder and oil man, at the request of his daughter who liked the area.
The town was officially incorporated in 1916.
Flagler is located at 39°17′39″N 103°3′57″W / 39.29417°N 103.06583°W (39.294031, -103.065832).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 612 people, 271 households, and 171 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,123.3 people per square mile (437.6/km²). There were 319 housing units at an average density of 585.5 per square mile (228.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.57% White, 2.29% Native American, 0.33% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.10% of the population.
There were 271 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the town, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $28,523, and the median income for a family was $43,542. Males had a median income of $29,821 versus $19,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,770. About 4.3% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
Grain Elevators in Flagler, Colorado
The economy of Flagler and the surrounding area is composed largely of agriculture, specifically wheat and corn production. Flagler is also the self-proclaimed "Birdseed Capital of World," with a Wagner's Wild Bird Seed plant listed as the town's top private employer. Flagler is home to a Loaf 'N Jug convenience store, small hotel, local supermarket, and numerous churches. The Flagler area is also home to the Mullen pedal steel guitar factory on County Road
MM, about 30 miles N.E. of the town
The Town of Flagler is offering free land for business or industry.
Arriba-Flagler Consolidated School District #20 educates local children in grades preschool through 12th, as well as children from nearby Arriba, Colorado. The school's mascot is the panther, and students compete in sports such as Six-man football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and track. Flagler's archrival is the Stratton Eagles, which Flagler beat to end what was, at the time, the longest winning streak in Colorado high school football history. Flagler Senior High School is represented by the colors orange and black, and is consistently one of the top-performing schools in the state academically .
Flagler is the site of a tragic air show accident that occurred on September 15, 1951. A stunt aircraft performing for Fall Festival Day lost control and impacted the show's spectators, killing twenty people.
- Boxer Irish Bob Murphy was born in Flagler.
- Author Hal Borland moved to Flagler at the age 15 when his father became publisher of one of the local newspapers, and attended high school in Flagler.
- William Henry “W.H.” Lavington came to Kit Carson County, Colorado by Rock Island Railroad and developed Flagler along with his partner and brother-in-law, W.L. Price. Notable projects included the first general store, Flagler State Bank, and the Hotel Flagler built in 1909. The hotel has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior; it later became the Flagler Hospital, a private hospital headed by W.L. McBride. W.H. served as President of the Flager State Bank, and with wife Louelia Isabel "Ella" (neé Van Heusen) Lavington were parents to the first child born in Flager. Ella worked along side W.H. and served on the School Board of Education for Flagler County Public Schools.
- Leon Edward Lavington, Sr., was the first child born in Flager to William Henry “W.H.” and Louella Isabel “Ella” (neé Van Heusen) Lavington. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1915 before entering the United States WWI Draft Registration of 1917. When the town was incorporated, he was the first Mayor of Flager, and served as President of the First National Bank of Flagler (previously the Flagler State Bank). Initially appointed by Governor McNichols to a civil service commission, Leon was elected State Purchasing Agent, Auditor of the State, and State Treasurer before running for Governor (R 1946). The third largest blizzard in recorded state history preceded the gubernatorial election which resulted in a less than 30 percent voter turn-out (Historical Blizzard, November 2–4, 1946, 30.4 inches). Leon lost the election by a small margin having won nearly 48 percent of the vote. Lavington Park is named in his honor. His wife, Marjorie (neé Dixon) Lavington, also graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and served as a Former Chairman of the Red Cross Gray Ladies of Denver.
- Leon Edward Lavington, Jr. was former City Councilman and Mayor of Flager. He was a track star and lettered in football at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1935, 1936, and 1937 (#17, Defensive End). He played in the University’s first “bowl” game appearance, during the 1938 Cotton Bowl against Rice University. In 1938, Leon and fellow teammates, United States Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White and Brooklyn Dodgers, were drafted by the National Football League (NFL). They were the first players in the history of the University of Colorado to have been drafted. Leon was chosen by the Chicago Cardinals (Draft: Round 8, #65 Overall, End Position). His children, grandchildren, and extended family continue the multi-generational tradition as CU Boulder alumni, and engage in public service through state and local government.
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