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Old 10-13-2016, 03:42 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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I preferred Trinidad to Walsenberg. But it is the only town for those who chose to live say in Cuchara, LaVeta or even San Luis Valley. It is a lot bigger than Ft. Garland. Now if your on the outskirts of that town there is some real beauty out there.
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Old 10-13-2016, 05:35 PM
 
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Thanks I could not find anything either , maybe or never came through ?
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Old 10-17-2016, 04:07 PM
 
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It would help if we knew the reason you were interested in land in Colorado.

We've a lot of threads on land in and around the San Luis Valley (SLV) that warn people of the land swindles going on as they sell worthless arid land to people who haven't done their due diligence on all facets of land ownership - especially the insane laws on ownership, access and use of water. The advice in those threads is almost totally applicable to land anywhere in COLO.
I agree with Mike on this one. Walsenburg doesn't exactly have people rushing to buy land there. So I would suggest you do your research
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:45 PM
 
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My grandmother lives down in the Veteran's home in Walsenburg. A drive through town can be quite depressing - lots of boarded-up shops, decaying homes, etc. But it isn't all bad - there are some interesting buildings and history, and great natural amenities like Lathrop State Park nearby. However, I do not see any sign of an economic turn-around at all - it feels like a slowly dying small town on the edge (but not right in the middle) of nowhere. Since 1960 it has lots nearly half of its population - which has never exceeded 6000. The remnants of the dead mining industry with not much bright to replace it can lend a depressing, haunting feel, as can the very high unemployment (over 1/3) and very low graduation rate (only around 50%). Unless you're just looking for a piece of private land to camp on somewhere in the very rough vicinity of the Spanish Peaks or something, there is very little reason for anyone to buy here.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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The town has a nice view of the Spanish peaks, but the town seems dead when I drove through it several times. Maybe if it legalized gambling similar to Black Hawk and Central City, they could get more business.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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The town has a nice view of the Spanish peaks, but the town seems dead when I drove through it several times. Maybe if it legalized gambling similar to Black Hawk and Central City, they could get more business.
Would take a state constitutional vote and I don't know if you've been to Cripple Creek, but there's not much going in there. Adding casinos in a remote area is hardly a panacea.

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Old 10-18-2016, 02:20 PM
 
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It's kind of dead well that's good news that means I can afford to buy a house there but I don't think my girlfriend would go for that
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:06 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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It's kind of dead well that's good news that means I can afford to buy a house there but I don't think my girlfriend would go for that
You have to love the outdoors like camping and hiking. Take her on route 12 and stop and have a pizza at the Dog Bar or Timbers in Cuchara. If that doesn't do something for her No the area isn't for her. Your not that far from Pueblo which I don't really care for but has every kind of shopping possible. We were transferred to the base there like 35 years ago for a short time. I know I would be happy in that area, well not so much Walsenburg but west of Walsenburg is out of this world.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:38 PM
 
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I worked on a 181 mile CO-2 pipeline job that started 14 miles west of 'Berg at the top of Sheep Mtn. And ended near the Texas/New Mexico border. I got to know several laborers who were from Gardner, Walsenburg, and Aguilar which is south of Walsenburg. They told me that there has been a defeatist attitude amongst the townspeople and it's been that way for some time. Why? No jobs. This was 1982.

The year after that southern Colorado went into a depression when the CFI plant in Pueblo shut down and coal mnes south of there did as well. And towns like Walsenburg weren't in the best of shape to start with. From Pueblo to Raton, New Mexico southern Colorado's economy took a shellacking for years. I went through downtown 'Berg four years ago and Otowi describes the situation right. I agree with him, Walsenburg DOES have an interesting history to it.

I was on Realtor.com earlier this morning and there is a fair amount of land parcels for sale. One place that got my attention was a good looking adobe home on 4 acres out on County Road 330 for $159,900. There are a number of smaller homes in town for 50K and up.

This part of the state has been neglected by state government for decades--IMHO. And I don't see that situation changing.
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Old 10-20-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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And Florence looks great but Penrose not so much....
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