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Half a Century of History to Celebrate

Half a Century of History to Celebrate

The Prowers County Historical Society has begun planning events for their 50th anniversary.  Their recent newsletter states that the Society officially began in 1966 with the donation of a building from the phone company.  Prior to that point, there had been an informal historical organization.    The Society said a logical date would be this September when […]

Local History on the Move

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

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 […]

Prowers Historical Society Hosting Antique Road Show October 16

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 […]

Local History Stories Wanted

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, […]

Mary Marble Chivington Post Office Presentation at Big Timbers Museum

Mary Marble Chivington Post Office Presentation at Big Timbers Museum

Mary Marble of rural Lamar recently presented a program for The Prowers County Historical Society at Big Timbers Museum about the history of the town of Chivington and her many years as Postmaster there. She was surprised when the post office window and facade that she had worked behind all those many years was revealed […]

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, […]

New Line Up for Prowers County Historical Society

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 #11 – Lamar Girls

Big Timbers History Corner #11 – Lamar Girls

One of the many, many things and places named after Lucius Quintus Cincinatus Lamar II was our town. This photo shows two of his grand-daughters in 1950, when they came out from Washington, DC for a town celebration. The one on the right was dubbed Miss Lamar. Nothing on the display says whether there was a […]

PCHS to Host "The Schools of Prowers County" Program

PCHS to Host “The Schools of Prowers County” Program

The public is invited to join the Prowers County Historical Society at their General Meeting, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Big Timbers Museum. The program is “The Schools of Prowers County.” Joe and Karen Marble, with Alta McBee, are collecting information on the location and history of every school in the county. They have […]

Transportation Museum Opening Draws Crowds

Transportation Museum Opening Draws Crowds

Click on a picture to see it in full size Photos and Videos by Russ Baldwin and Vincent Gearhart Well over 600 persons attended the grand opening ceremonies for the Big Timbers Transportation Museum in Lamar this past Saturday, June 25.  Planning on the project took the better part of two years, involving modifications to […]