Superior, CO


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Superior is a Statutory Town in Boulder and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. According to United States Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 10,308 on 2005-07-01.
Superior's history is one of coal mining. The first mines in the area were developed in the late 19th century. The Town itself was founded in 1896 and incorporated in 1904.[citation needed] The town was reportedly named for the "superior quality" of coal found in the area.[citation needed]
Mining was the major force in Superior's history until the Industrial Mine closed in 1945. Subsequently, many people moved out of the area and the Town evolved into a quiet ranching and farming community. The Town's population hovered around 250 until recently.