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"The Animas River is a river in the western United States, a tributary of the San Juan River, part of the Colorado River System. The Spanish named the river "Rio de las Animas Perdidas", "River of the Lost Souls". It is also the last free-flowing river (un-diverted) in Colorado. The river's free-flowing status will soon end if water is permitted to be diverted from it for the so-called Animas-LaPlata Project. However, although taxpayers have spent $1 billion to dig a hole in the ground for this "project," no use for the water has ever been identified. The free-flowing river will be sacrificed even though there is no use for the water, therefore.

The Animas River rises high in San Juan Mountains of Colorado at the confluence of the West and North forks at the ghost town of Animas Forks and flows south past the ghost towns of Eureka and Howardsville. At Silverton, the river flows into the Animas Canyon. The Durango and Silverton Narrow gauge railroad follows the river through the canyon to Durango. From Durango the river flows south into New Mexico through the town of Aztec to its confluence with the San Juan River at Farmington.

The only major tributary of the Animas River is the Florida River which confluences just north of the Colorado - New Mexico border."

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