As I walked to the courthouse today to get signatures from my boss, I took some pictures of downtown La Junta. La Junta has about 7,000 people and is out on the eastern plains of Colorado. A lot of people think that Colorado is all mountains but that is not true.
Here is the downtown area between Second and Third Streets. The buildings are about a century old – nothing like your castle!
In Spanish, La Junta means “the joining”. This was where the Cimarron Trail and the Santa Fe Trail met and split off in different directions. Many people traveled through here on their way out West. Here’s a monument located in the courthouse parking lot. In the background that brown building is the Kit Carson Hotel. It’s no longer in use but it’s a good example of Art Deco architecture. The hotel’s hey day was during the railroad days. The train station is just down the street.
This might be a weird picture, but this gate blocks the alleyway where actor Charles Bronson ran after escaping from jail in the movie “Mr. Majestyck.” There was a shoot out scene in front of our post office.