Crook, Co. is named for Major General George Crook, a Civil War veteran and Indian fighter. The town began in 1881 along the south side of the railroad. The town was settled by a group of Hollanders bent on farming the dry prairie lands. Although the venture failed, later farming took hold, and today Crook's modern industry remains rooted in agriculture. Main staples include hay, corn, sugar beets and alfalfa.
Other points of historical interest lie along Colorado 55, south of town. Here plaques detail the site of an old stagecoach stop and the markings from the historic Overland Trail.
Crook is also a good spot for camping, fishing and hunting adventures, especially at nearby Jumbo Reservoir. Pheasant, quail and waterfowl hunting is popular along the South Platte River.
Region: Northeast Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 135.6 miles from Greeley, 12.4 miles from Fleming
Elevation: 3711 feet
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