Lamar boasts a colorful history, interesting attractions, and bevy of surprises for visitors seeking something unexpected.
While Lamar did not come into formal existence until 1886, long after the heyday of the Santa Fe Trail, the town still holds a profound connection to the famous settlers’ route, which passed right through the area and was a precursor to the railroad routes that brought Lamar to life.
Visitors can see the Madonna of the Trail, a monument to the pioneer mothers who traveled the Santa Fe Trail; explore the Big Timbers Museum, where Indian artifacts, 19th-century pioneer articles and war memorabilia are on display and visit a plethora of WPA projects created during the height of the Great Depression. The most notable of these is Willow Creek Park, a lush, 28-acre green space. Pike’s Tower, which stands at 40-feet over the park, was built to commemorate the expedition of Zebulon Pike.
Lamar is widely considered the bird watching hub of Colorado, with the annual snow goose migration being the most famous feathered spectacle. Travelers seeking more regional history should make the short trip to Camp Amache (site of a World War II Japanese internment camp) and Picture and Carrizo Canyons (home to prehistoric petroglyphs).
The county seat of Prowers County and serving as the industrial and retail center for southeastern Colorado, agriculture is the single largest economic contributor. This semiarid climate is also favorable to livestock production. Known for its hometown friendliness and historic character, visitors will find a mix of cultural and recreational opportunities, historic sites, and western traditions year round.
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