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Wagons for Sale at Sand and Sage Fair

History buffs and/or wagon enthusiasts can offer a silent bid on five wagons owned by Prowers County during the Sand and Sage Fair. Last Tuesday, July 21st, commissioners Wendy Buxton-Andrade and Ron Cook, along with Big Timbers Museum curator, Kathleen Scranton, viewed seven wagons which have been parked outside on the south side of the […]

Local History on the Move

Linda Hawkins, President of the Prowers County Historical Society, approached the Prowers County Commissioners for permission to relocate a 1920s vintage filling station building to the Big Timbers Museum property.  The building is being donated by Sharon and Greg Bullock and the Society will pay the bill needed to relocate the small structure which is […]

Survivors Recap 1965 Flood at Historical Society Meeting

The historic flood that struck Prowers County created a different world 50 years ago.  With the June 18, 1965 flood, just about every life in the area was impacted by the devastation wrought by excessive rains and the subsequent floods.  Many residents who attended the Thursday, June 18, Prowers County Historical Society meeting at the […]

Fund Transfer Needed for County Employee Payroll

Due to a delay in funding payments, the Prowers County Commissioners approved a transfer of $5,000 from the sales tax revenue fund to cover payroll for employees at the Child Hotline Center.  For reasons not yet determined, the funding from the state has been delayed, as in, “The check is in the mail,” but has […]

Prowers Historical Society Hosting Antique Road Show October 16

  The number of visitors at the Big Timbers Museum has increased over last year. Museum curator, Kathleen Scranton provided the Prowers County Commissioners with a quarterly update of museum activities during their October 9 meeting. Visitors for 2013 were 2,052 and Year-to-Date is 1,838 for 2014, she said. Alumni from the Lamar class of […]

Two Fatalities on West Hwy 50 in Lamar

The Colorado State Patrol has updated the information they sent in the original press release to the media.  This article has been updated with the correction. Update* From the Colorado State Patrol:  The name of the driver of the Buick has been corrected to read as: Jordan Corbin, age 17, of Lamar, Colorado. The Colorado […]

Local History Stories Wanted

The Prowers County Historical Board and staff at Big Timbers Museum are developing a program which will feature a historically-oriented kiosk which will be displayed at the museum this spring.  The kiosk is part of a Wayfaring System in southeast Colorado, featuring 23 kiosks in twelve counties.  This group effort with CDOT, Canyons and Plains, […]

PATS on Target for Annual Ridership Numbers

The Prowers County Commissioners took care of some preliminary New Year bookkeeping procedures this past Thursday, December 19, when they approved the Lamar and Holly Ambulance Licenses and Permits for 2014.  Permits for Southern Colorado Rural EMS, Incorporated, known as MedTrans Ambulance Service had their permits approved as well.  Three current board members on the […]

Big Timbers Museum Update

  Kathleen Scranton, Curator for the Big Timbers Museum, provided the Prowers County Commissioners with a quarterly activities update.  Tammie Clark, Health and Human Services, recently donated two historic bookcases and the museum plans to receive additional cabinetry, office furniture, a carved wooden bench and a metal bench from the Prowers County auction room this […]

Prowers Commissioners OK Planning Commission Members, Carnival Contract, 911 Observance Location

  The Prowers County Commissioners covered a range of agenda items during their regular meeting, Thursday, January 17.  The commissioners gave a verbatim approval for the annual contract between the Fair Board and Crabtree Amusements, ensuring the carnival will be in town for the Sand and Sage Fair this year.  Cindy Bennett, Fair Board member, […]

Lamar Hosts 36th Annual Senior Speak Out

Seniors from around the region gathered information and voiced their concerns on several levels during their two day, 36th annual Senior Speak Out gathering, “Rockin’ & Rollin’: Seniors on the Go”.  The annual event was held at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn, Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5 and got underway Thursday afternoon following […]

Thanks on Community Efforts for “Fifty-Plus Reunion”

   Success for a reunion is when all the planning comes together at the appropriate time.  The “fifty-plus” was a success due to the co-operation and hard work of many.  Thanks to the Lamar Ledger, The Prowers Journal, KVAY and KLMR for advertising the meetings and the reunion.  Thanks to Lorna at Robinson Printing for […]

Big Timbers History Corner #18 – Alamo Lights

If you look up as you go in the front door of Big Timbers Museum, you will see these two lovely vintage light fixtures. Back in the day, they were part of the elegant new Alamo Hotel (built in 1937). Times and needs changed, and in the 1980s a local group bought the old hotel […]

Lamar Hosts 50+ Reunion this Weekend

    Lamar Union High School graduates who have been out of school over 50 years or more are returning to Lamar for the Homecoming and will attend a reunion at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn, September 21-23. There will be more than 300 people in Lamar, participating in the reunion for those from the […]

New Line Up for Prowers County Historical Society

  The number of directors was changed by a vote of the membership at the General Meeting in July. The bylaws now call for nine, of which five are officers.  President: Susan Crites Vice President: Chuck Bowen Secretary: Mary Jane Torres Treasurer: Debra Haggard Museum Committee Head (changed from ‘Historian’): Bill Elam Directors: Mike Duffy, […]

Big Timbers History Corner #18 – Fort Lyon Canal

When settlers began to come out to Colorado, it didn’t take long for them to figure out that farmers were going to have to help Mother Nature out in the moisture department if they wanted crops to actually grow. In 1887, two existing canals, the La Junta and the Lamar, were enlarged and reincorporated as […]

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 […]

Big Timbers History Corner #15 – Highway Sign

This old style highway sign is made of enamel over metal, kind of like your Grandma’s roasting pans. It marked Highway 89 and was probably placed at or near that road’s junction with Highway 50, as the arrow and mileage direct you westward to Lamar and Las Animas. Highway 89 had an interesting life. It […]

Big Timbers History Corner #13 – Fats vs. Leans

Lamar has been a baseball town almost from the start. There are records of games back in 1886! This picture shows just part of a Big Timbers Museum display about a 1902 baseball battle of the Fats vs. the Leans. Lot of noted names in those rosters! I especially like the picture with the Strain […]

Prowers County Commissioners Discuss LCC’s New Semester, Valco Pond Funding and Sage Nutrition Financing

Lamar Community College is preparing for its fall semester.  LCC President John Marrin and Recruitment Director Brenda Brown, briefed the Prowers County Commissioners on campus activities during a monthly update, Thursday, July 19.  Marrin said some administrative changes have occurred with Jenna Johnson replacing Anne Marie Crampton in the college’s marketing department, while Crampton will […]