Big Timbers History Corner #17 – Southeast Colorado Hospital

Long before Southeast Colorado Hospital was established in Springfield, the name was being used in Lamar. The building still stands today at the southeast corner of Beech and Third. It’s unlikely anyone minded it being eclipsed by the building of the Maxwell Hospital in 1928, because according to one former volunteer, Gladys Seevers, it had very narrow and steep stairs to the upstairs rooms, and some parts of those areas lacked any sort of plumbing!

The building is more likely to be known to current citizens as the former home of SUP Enterprises, owned by Dan and Artie Ann Suposs. It was a prime spot to get quality second-hand goods, or have your garden implements sharpened. Artie Ann also helped run the Fellowship Credit Union out of the small office area on the north end. The building now houses Jay D Gruber Construction.

Speaking of changes over time, Big Timbers Museum (which was once the AT&T area headquarters) is still there helping people make connections to the past. Admission is only $3 for individuals, or $2 each for groups of 10 or more. $5 lets you bring the whole family for a fun learning experience that also helps preserve our Prowers County heritage for future generations. An even better deal is a membership, $10 for an individual and $15 for a family. Open 10 am to 5 pm Tues-Sat. Call 336-2472 for more details.

Big Timbers History Corner is brought to you by Susan Crites

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