2019 Host Communities

Lamar, CO


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Lamar’s colorful history began with a hijacking in May 1886. During the time of outlaws and bandits, the westward movement in full swing, township development was extremely profitable along the Santa Fe Line. The most likely site left in Southeastern Colorado for town site platting was located at Blackwell Station, (railroad mile post 499), however the adjacent land owner (A.R. Black) refused to negotiate. “Platters” threatened to move the depot and obtained title to land in Section 31. Tensions heated and Mr. Black obtained a court ordered injunction, however, hours before it was issued, a railroad wrecking crew moved the Blackwell depot three miles west to mile post 502, throwing aside the Blackwell sign and mounting the name LAMAR.

Lamar is one of Colorado’s best birding destinations. Hot spots to watch winged beauties like red-bellied woodpeckers, Inca doves and northern cardinals in and near town include John Martin Reservoir State Park (also a popular place for boating, fishing and hiking), Indian Reservoirs, Willow Creek Park and Two Buttes State Wildlife Area. Each February, the High Plains Snow Goose Festival celebrates the spring migration of giant white snow geese and is one of the best occasions to see the majestic avian species. Or hop on the Two Buttes Trail, part of the Colorado Birding Trail, in the spring or fall to catch an variety of migratory birds, including snow geese and sandhill cranes.

Named for the huge cottonwoods that lined the Arkansas River north of town, Big Timbers Museum provides artifacts and information on frontier life, the historic Dust Bowl and the site of the Camp Amache National Historic Landmark, a Japanese-American internment camp. Other attractions include the Madonna of the Trail Monument, an 18-foot high tribute to the women of the covered-wagon days. In addition, the public golf course offers 18 holes and year-round fun for the family.

Website – www.lamarchamber.com and Lamar, Colorado

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Holly, CO

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The Town of Holly is a statutory town in Prowers County in southeastern Colorado, four miles from the Kansas border.

Fun Fact:  Holly is the lowest elevation town in Colorado at 3,392 feet.

Hiram Holly, for whom the town is named, arrived in 1871 with 1,300 cattle, and his ranch was the first settlement in the area. Today, the ranching and farming life still holds sway; much of this town is built around the farm.

Farmers and friends gather downtown to share stories and shop. Visitors will find gift shops and a grocery store for stocking picnic baskets. Farther out on Highway 50 are a sit-down restaurant and a hamburger stand. On the south end of Main Street sits an 1874 barn that relates Holly’s history through historic photos and relics. Other historical structures include an 1881 train depot and the city hall, which the local historical society is working on turning into a museum.

Crops grown in the Holly area consist of alfalfa, wheat, barley, milo, sorghum, millet and corn.  Both irrigated and dry land farming practices are prevalent in the area.  Irrigation occurs utilizing either deep wells for pumping or through ditch conveyance; the Amity, Buffalo, XY and Sisson Canals were all constructed in the late 1800’s.

Bird watching has grown in popularity as Prowers County is recognized nationally as a haven for large numbers of migratory birds, waterfowl and native species.  Prowers County is the first county in the State of Colorado to receive a “Colorado Birding Trail” designation, with the trail launch in February 2007 held in conjunction with the annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival.

Website – Town of Holly

 
 
 

Springfield, CO

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Springfield is located in the southeastern corner of the State of Colorado, approximately 1,500 miles from either coast, 30 miles from Kansas, 30 miles from Oklahoma, and halfway between Denver, Colorado and Amarillo, Texas. Springfield is the county seat and is located in the middle of Baca County. Springfield originally developed as a cattle ranching and farming community and a mafoor stagecoach stop. The town was named Springfield because most of the early residents had lived in Springfield, MO. Established by the Windsor Town Company in 188t, the town was incorporated in 1889 around the time that Jim and Frank Tipsonsecured the title to 80 acres which was the original townsite. They did this through a “soldiers script”. In 1889 Springfield was named the temporary county seat. Other towns competing for the seat were Minneapolis, Stonington, and Boston. The day of the election to determine the county seat, two men representing the town of Boston got lost during a snowstorm. After much controversy, a second election was held and Springfield won the permanent seat. Website – www.colorado.gov/springfield and Springfield, Colorado

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