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Rifle, incorporated in 1905, celebrates its centennial this year. The city is one of a kind, being the only town in the country named Rifle.There are several legends about how Rifle got its name though they all conclude that someone found a rifle leaning against a tree near Rifle Creek and named the creek and later the town for the scene.In 1882 Abram Maxfield was the first man to travel west of Glenwood Springs with a wagon. He had to take the wagon apart to pack it around cliffs and ledges and then put it back together, according to “Garfield County: the first hundred years” by Andrew Gulliford. He was the first settler in Rifle.Farming and ranching were the major industries in the area and Rifle became a trade center when the railroad came through town in 1899. Teddy Roosevelt stayed in the Winchester Hotel in 1901. The Winchester and Wisemans Rifle House were among the only buildings to survive a major blaze in 1902.With a population well over 7,000 it is now the second largest city in Garfield County and growing steadily. In 2003 the population grew by 2.7 percent and the new Grand River Medical Center opened along with a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Town CouncilCity Hall202 Railroad Ave.P.O. Box 1908Rifle, CO 81650(970) 625-2121(970) 625-3210 FAXMayorKeith LambertCouncil MembersJudy Builteman, Jonathan Rice, Jeff Johnson, Beth Bascom, Alan Lambert, Sandy VaccaroCity ManagerJohn Hier(970) 625-6236jhier@rifleco.orgCity ClerkWanda Nelson Jones(970) 625-6235wnelson@rifleco.orgAdministrative AssistantAndrea Glass(970) 625-6237aglass@rifleco.orgDirector of Planning/DevelopmentMatt Sturgeon(970) 625-6253nsturgen@rifleco.orgBuilding InspectorKevin Robertson(970) 625-6226kroberts@rifleco.orgFinance DirectorNancy Black(970) 625-6240nblack@rifleco.orgPublic Works DirectorBill Sappington(970)625-6223publicworks@rifleco.orgRecreation DirectorAleks Briedis(970)625-2151recreation@rifleco.orgParks DirectorTom Whitmore(970)625-6228twhitmore@rifleco.orgCity AttorneyLee Leavenworth(970)945-2261Assistant City AttorneyJim Neu(970)945-2261Police DepartmentChief Daryl Meisner(970)625-2331dmeisner@rifleco.orgMunicipal CourtJudge Victor Zerbi(970)625-1526court@rifleco.orgNon-emergency Crime Reporting(970)625-1895police@rifleco.orgPolice Records(970)625-6244police@rifleco.orgRifle Fire Protection District(970)625-1850Rifle Animal Shelter(970)625-6233www.rifleanimalshelter.petfinder.comSenior Center DirectorMarie George(970)625-1877Public Access Channel 13Director Jim Bell(970)625-6225ch13@rifleco.orgRifle Information Center(970)625-2085www.riflechamber.orgRifle Branch Library 107 East 2nd Street, Rifle, CO 81650 (970) 625-3471


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