Huerfano Butte

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Huerfano Butte
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Highest point
Elevation 6,174 ft (1,882 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 181 ft (55 m) [3]
Coordinates 37°45′14″N104°49′37″W / 37.7539441°N 104.8268349°W / 37.7539441; -104.8268349 Coordinates: 37°45′14″N104°49′37″W / 37.7539441°N 104.8268349°W / 37.7539441; -104.8268349 [1]
Geography
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Huerfano Butte
Location Huerfano County, Colorado, U.S. [4]
Parent range Spanish Peaks area [3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Huerfano Butte, Colorado [1]
Geology
Mountain type Volcanic plug or hypabyssal plug

Huerfano Butte ( /ˈwɛərfən/ ; Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈweɾfano] ) is a volcanic plug [5] or hypabyssal plug [6] located 8.8 miles (14.1 km) north of Walsenburg in Huerfano County, Colorado, United States. [1] [2] [3] [4] Named Huerfano (English: orphan) by early Spanish explorers, [7] it rises above the south side of the Huerfano River with its peak about 200 feet above the floodplain.

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A historical marker was placed on the east side of Interstate 25 to commemorate its position near the Trapper's Trail to Taos, New Mexico. It was passed by John Williams Gunnison and John C. Frémont during their surveys for the railroads. Other places are now also named after the butte, Huerfano County and Huerfano River. [8]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "HUERFANO BUTTE". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey . Retrieved November 4, 2014.Note: The summit of Huerfano Butte is +1.40 m (+4.6 ft) higher than NGS station HUERFANO BUTTE.
  2. 1 2 The elevation of Huerfano Butte includes an adjustment of +0.984 m (+3.23 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. 1 2 3 "Huerfano Butte, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  4. 1 2 "Huerfano Butte". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  5. University of Notre Dame (1989). The American midland naturalist. University of Notre Dame. p. 198. Huerfano Butte is a volcanic plug located approximately 15km ne of Walsenburg, Colorado...
  6. Penn, Brian S. (1995). "What's the Scoop on Huerfano Butte?". Igneous Petrology of the Spanish Peaks. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  7. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp.  162.
  8. "Tales Told with Markers" (PDF). Colorado Magazine. Summer 1970. p. 204. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.