Libraries and Literature

Rocky Ford Historical Museum

Explore the history of Rocky Ford and life in the Arkansas Valley at the Rocky Ford Historical Museum. Housed in a Carnegie Public Library built in 1908, the collection includes objects documenting the Arkansas Valley Fair, Watermelon Day, the sugar industry and the everyday life of the people of the Arkansas Valley. Exhibits also focus on the geology, anthropology, and archaeology of the region. Highlights include an early Watermelon Day porcelain set from the Swink family, animals molded from beeswax, woolly mammoth skull, early fire truck and firefighting equipment, and memorabilia from prominent local families.
1005 Sycamore Avenue
Rocky Ford, CO 81067
(719) 254-6737

Hours of Operation
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Tuesday through Friday 1pm – 5pm. Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. Labor Day to Memorial Day: Wednesday 1pm – 5pm.

Directions
The museum is located in Library Park between Maple and Sycamore Streets in the 400 Block on South 10th and 11th Streets.

Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
Library Park includes a picnic area with lots of shade. The current library is nearby.

Entrance Fees
Free





Otero Museum

Experience life in the lower Arkansas Valley during the pioneer days on this 12 acre site. Tour a 1890’s home filled with period furniture, a log cabin schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, and a neighborhood grocery store which opened in 1903. The extensive collection includes a chuck wagon, surrey, a 1927 fire engine and a 1867 Stage Coach among other items.




218 Anderson
LaJunta, CO 81041
(719) 384-7500
Otero Museum

Hours of Operation
Summer hours(June-September) are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Winter hours are on call. Museum volunteers are always happy to open upon request, summer or winter, for out of town visitors. The phone number is 719-384-7500 or 719-384-9014

Directions
Coming from the west on US Highway 50 enter La Junta on 3rd street, just after going under the train overpass. Or, stay on Hwy 50 a few more blocks until you see a Otero Museum sign at the Sonic Burger corner, which is Anderson St. Turn right and go two blocks – corner of third and Anderson. Traveling from the East, take US Highway 50 to La Junta. You will go through the stop light at Colorado, which is Main (north/south) Street, continue another 1/2 mile to the Sonic Burger corner where you will see the Otero Museum sign. Turn left, go two blocks.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips

Call ahead if you will be arriving during our closed hours. We will need to alert a volunteer docent that will fit your needs.

Entrance Fees

No admittance fee, but donations are always welcome.




Two Buttes Museum

Discover the stories behind the interesting curiosities this tiny museum and library has to offer. Housed in an historic 1912 bank building, this local history museum highlights a collection of artifacts, specimens, and other unusual items from Dr. Verity, a local doctor who practiced in Two Buttes from 1911-46. In addition to the various artifacts and specimens he collected, he accepted objects from townspeople as “payment” for his assistance. An extensive collection of antique rifles, a two-headed calf, and other objects of interest are on view in the bank’s vault. The building also houses the town library and town hall.


500 Main Street
Two Buttes, CO 81084
(719) 326-5960


Hours of Operation
Fridays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment. Best to call in advance.

Directions
From Springfield drive north on US Hwy 287 10 miles and then go 12.5 miles east on CO Hwy 116 to Two Buttes. Take Main Street two blocks north to E Street. The white library/museum/town hall building is on the corner.

Visitor Services
Parking


Travel Tips
Two Buttes is in a remote area with few visitor services. Bring water and snacks.

Entrance Fees
No admission fee. Donations are welcome.