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Old 07-03-2018, 10:25 PM
 
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There hasn't been a real thread on La Junta since the one started in 2009.


It certainly is not the hottest place in Colorado but it is in the 90s for 3 months a year or so.


Is there a water shortage for farmers?

Is the town dying?
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Old 07-04-2018, 09:12 AM
 
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I don't see any evidence that it is dying. It is an average small plains town and holding its own. Yes, it is consistently in the 90s in many of our summers in the Arkansas Valley.
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:50 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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I was just there a few weeks ago. It was 104 degrees. We were driving part of the Santa Fe Trail. I had hoped La Junta would have some neat museums but not really. There was a few but nothing about the Santa fe Trail. We hadn't realized how hot it could be. I guess I always thought of Colorado being cooler than Oklahoma but it was not.

Bent Fort was interesting but again in the 100s!! Plus we were pulling a trailer!
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Does anybody know the name of a very tall and well known family in LaJunta? The boys run about 6'8". Some went into ranching. Their grandfather invented a device that exterminated coyotes and became somewhat wealthy as I recall.

For some reason, I keep trying to remember the last name of Karen ________. We dated for a period in the 80's.

Last I heard, the family liked to own Mercury Cougars. Think I talked to one of the boys in a traffic jam on LaVeta Pass...then traffic got moving again. He had just taken his kids fishing in the mountains.

Small towns tend to be having a bit of a struggle. Little manufacturing and fewer numbers of farmers and ranchers. Plus the move to shut down small town post offices so we can build more weapons...

I don't know why retirees put up with scandalous costs of living in large cities when they could easily live anywhere if they don't need a job.

Hotter summers mean milder winters. Always found it interesting....the warmer weather that starts around Canon City and heads through Pueblo and east. Some call it the banana belt. I sometimes turn on my a/c when traveling through the Pueblo area while not needing it elsewhere.
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:26 AM
 
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We had a poster here called La Junta Econ Devel who would contribute to the forum regarding SE Colorado subjects, he hasn't posted in a few years though.
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Old 08-25-2018, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Seems self evident that the plains are going to have a time competing with the Colorado mountains which are simply incredible. Also - wanted to bump the thread since I can't remember the name of the prominent LaJunta family.
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Old 08-26-2018, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Riley Co
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Default The Koshare Museum

Surprised no one has mentioned the The Koshare Museum. I see there were summer performances.

My Boy Scout Troop 533 used to have a summer camp below Cottonwood Pass (much different in 1966-7 than driving to the top today). Stopping @ the Koshares Museum for a performance & sleepover. Along the way, we would stop @ a truck garden & score cantaloupe & once some blackberry juice which we scouts fermented to wine @ high altitude/attitude.
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