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Thurman, Colorado
Unincorporated community
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Washington County
Established About 1902
Elevation 4,876 ft (1,486 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Code 80801
GNIS feature ID 0195021

Thurman is an unincorporated community in Washington County, Colorado, United States. The US Post Office at Anton (ZIP 80801) serves Thurman.

History

Thurman was established about 1902. The Thurman Post Office opened in July 1904, but closed on August 10, 1924. The town once boasted a population of over 150 people, but declined after the 1924 tornado.

Geography

Thurman is located at 39°59′06″N 103°21′07″W / 39.985°N 103.35194°W / 39.985; -103.35194 (39.590648,-103.210749). Thurman is located at the intersection along unpaved county roads County Roads 3 and CC, 9 miles south of Anton in southern Washington County, about 6 miles north of the Lincoln county line.

1924 Tornado

On Sunday August 10, 1924, storm clouds were building after an unusually hot day when the mercury reached 96 degrees. Afternoon rains began and stopped at about 12:30. Suddenly things became quiet, but clouds turned a dark black color; at about 1:00 pm, two farmers in the town spotted a large 1/2 mile wide tornado about 3 miles west of there. The tornado traveled in a north-easterly direction.The tornado struck the town head-on with full force and demolished almost every building in the small community. The tornado was thought to be an F4 to low end F5, with winds exceeding 210 mph, which killed 10 people. Making this the strongest and deadliest tornado in Colorado history. After the tornado, the population declined and many who survived moved to nearby towns and the post office closed. The cemetery and a small complex of houses remain today.


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