tree, not a holly tree, in Holly, Colorado]] Image:First United Methodist Church in Holly, CO IMG 5802.JPG|right|thumb|200px|First [[United Methodist Church in Holly is located across the highway from First Christian Church.]] The Town of Holly is a [[List of cities and towns in Colorado#Statutory town|statutory town]] in [[Prowers County, Colorado|Prowers County]] in southeastern [[Colorado]], United States, near the Kansas border. Located four miles (6 km) from the Kansas border at an elevation of , Holly is the lowest elevation town in Colorado. The population was 802 at the 2010 census.


Early history

Holly was settled as a ranching community, and the town was incorporated in 1903. The town was named for Hiram S. Holly, a local cattleman. Hiram S. Holly moved to the town in 1871, and brought 1,300 cattle with him. Holly's ranch, the SS Ranch or Double S Ranch, was the first settlement in the area. The Holly SS Ranch Barn, a stone barn built in 1879, survives and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original stone ranch house also survives, nearby, but is not listed. ()

Holly Sugar

Holly Sugar was created in the town in 1905 just in time for the sugarbeet harvest that year. The production was so successful the company quickly looked to expand to other communities. By 1911, Holly Sugar had expanded outside the State of Colorado. The company has long since left the Holly community. In 1988, Holly Sugar merged with Imperial Sugar.

2007 Holly Tornado

2011 Jensen Farms Listeriosis Outbreak


Holly is located at (38.054520, -102.125398). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of , all land


The Köppen Climate system classifies the weather as semi-arid, abbreviated as ''BSk''.Climate Summary for Holly, Colorado


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,048 people, 369 households, and 250 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,388.5 people per square mile (539.5/km). There were 449 housing units at an average density of 594.9 per square mile (231.1/km). The racial makeup of the town was 75.10% White, 0.38% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 23.66% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.97% of the population. There were 369 households, out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.36. In the town, the population was spread out, with 32.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males. The median income for a household in the town was $24,917, and the median income for a family was $31,979. Males had a median income of $23,000 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,246. About 21.7% of families and 27.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.5% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

Holly is the hometown of former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, who moved there as an infant from his birthplace of Garden City, Kansas. Romer is also a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a longtime supporter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Donald Wagner (September 24, 1918 to February 8, 2004) lived in Holly area from the time he was 3 years old. Serving on the school board, he was instrumental in getting the Holly Jr Sr High School built in the 1960s. Well-known evangelist A.A. Allen pastored a church in Holly for several years beginning in 1936.

See also

*Outline of Colorado **Index of Colorado-related articles *State of Colorado **Colorado cities and towns ***Colorado municipalities **Colorado counties ***Prowers County, Colorado *National Old Trails Road *Roy Romer *Santa Fe National Historic Trail


External links

Town of Holly contactsCDOT map of the Town of Holly
{{authority control Category:Towns in Prowers County, Colorado Category:Towns in Colorado Category:Colorado populated places on the Arkansas River