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HISTORY OF THE AREA
The history of what is now Druid Hills is intertwined with the
development of Florissant Colorado and the development of Teller
County, Colorado over the last 125+ years. Florissant is a census-
designated town, with a US Post Office, Zip Code of 80816. The
2010 US Census listed the population at 104. The word florissant is
the gerund of the French verb fleuri, which means to flower,
blossom, or to flourish.
South of the town of Florissant is the world-famous 6,000 acre
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, established in 1969 as a
monument by US President Richard M. Nixon. With a new visitors
center which includes a discovery program, thousands of people
visit this monument to learn more about fossils, local flora and
fauna, and the history of the area going back 34 million years.
Florissant has a volunteer fire department, some local stores, a historic cemetery, and a wonderful museum. Also, there are several subdivisions near Druid
Hills in Florissant, to include Colorado Mountain Estates, Indian Creek, Wilson Lakes, and Valley Hi.
Just down Obsidian Drive to the south in the Druid Hills area is the Florissant Library, which offers multimedia, broadband, computer access, wireless access,
a boardroom, a quiet room to read and a great selection of books,
newspapers, videos, and movies.
Further south of Florissant by 18 miles or so is the world-famous
and historic town of Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek is home to a major
gold mining operation that employs approximately 500 people,
home to a dozen + casinos, K-12 schools, and a beautiful Heritage
We hope you enjoy your visit, your stay, or your move to Florissant,
an area rich in history that continues to flourish!
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