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Crisman, Colorado
Location of the Crisman CDP in Boulder County, Colorado.
Location of the Crisman CDP in Boulder County, Colorado.
Crisman, Colorado is located in the United States
Crisman, Colorado
Crisman, Colorado
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Boulder County
Founded 1874
 • Type unincorporated community
 • Total 1.457 sq mi (3.774 km2)
 • Land 1.457 sq mi (3.774 km2)
 • Water 0.0002 sq mi (0.0004 km2)
6,578 ft (2,005 m)
 • Total 186
 • Density 127/sq mi (49.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code
Boulder 80302
Area codes 303 & 720
GNIS feature Crisman CDP

Crisman is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the Crisman CDP was 186 at the United States Census 2010. The Boulder post office (Zip Code 80302) serves the area.


Crisman was founded in 1874 as a mining camp and named after the adjacent Crisman Mill, an ore-processing mill owned by prospector and early settler Obed Crisman. Crisman became a boomtown in 1881, when the Yellow Pine Mine produced a massive silver strike. Crisman became a stop on the Greeley, Salt Lake and Pacific Railway. The Panic of 1893 and the subsequent crash of the silver market severely damaged Crisman's economy, although the nearby mines remained open for the duration. In 1894, Boulder Creek flooded, and much of the town was destroyed, including a section of railroad track. The obliterated structures were never rebuilt, and Crisman was significantly reduced in size. In 1901, the Logan Mine, a large gold operation near Crisman, uncovered a second strike, which prevented the town from disappearing altogether. By 1918, Crisman had become increasingly depopulated, and the post office closed that year. In 1919, another catastrophic flood swept through Fourmile Canyon, again destroying a section of railroad track and leaving little left of Crisman. The town has since been reduced to a hamlet.


Crisman is located in central Boulder County in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, in the valley of Fourmile Creek. Four Mile Canyon Drive leads 7 miles (11 km) southeast to Boulder and 5 miles (8 km) northwest to Gold Hill.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Crisman CDP has an area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km2), all land.


The United States Census Bureau initially defined the Crisman CDP for the United States Census 2010.

Crisman CDP, Colorado
Year Pop. ±%
2010 186 —    
2020 —    
Source: United States Census Bureau
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