US Facts       Footsteps of History       It Happened Here      
Mottos, Slogans and Nicknames       Noted Notables


Welcome To KEY TO THE CITY's Page For
La Junta
Otero County, Colorado


"Where the Santa Fe Trail Divides"

Page Contents for La Junta, Colorado

Statistics & Facts



History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.



Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of La Junta is approximately 11,960 (2001), 7077 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 4,530 (1999), 2919 (2010).
The amount of land area in La Junta is 6.702 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in La Junta is 2.67 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from La Junta to Washington DC is 1506 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 144 miles. (as the crow flies)
La Junta is positioned 37.98 degrees north of the equator and 103.54 degrees west of the prime meridian.
La Junta elevation is 4,100 feet above sea level.
La Junta median income is $ 28,770.
La Junta average annual precipitation is 17 inches peryear.
La Junta average annual snowfall is 26 inches per year.
The average low temperature is 27 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 87 degrees F.


in Southeast Colorado
Return to Index


flat to gently rolling hills.
Return to Index

History & History Related Items

Here is a history page for La Junta.

The name of La Junta is pronounced la hunta and is of Spanish origin. It means a junction or meeting place where roads or paths meet or diverge. The area was established in late 1875 as a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad.

The city of La Junta was incorporated on 15 May 1881. During the prime of the railroad, La Junta was a major hub for produce and cattle shipments. With the decline of the railroad in the area, local residents used much wisdom in bringing new light industry and other business to La Junta to avoid becoming one of the rail "ghost towns."
Return to Index


The Koshare Indian Museum
on the campus of Otero Junior College
an extensive collection of Indian painting and artifacts. The late J.F. "Buck" Burshears started the Koshare Dancers and museum collection in 1933.

The Otero Museum
artifacts of Otero County

Things to see and do in the area.

Learn more about La Junta at this site.
Return to Index

La Junta City Government

La Junta City Manager's Office
601 Colorado Ave
La Junta, CO 81050-2351
Phone: 719-384-2578

La Junta Chamber

La Junta Chamber of Commerce
110 Santa Fe Ave
La Junta, CO 81050-1523
Phone: 719-384-7411

La Junta Community Events

Special Events in La Junta.

La Junta Organizations

La Junta Chamber of Commerce
110 Santa Fe Ave
La Junta, CO 81050-1523
Phone: 719-384-7411

La Junta Schools

East Otero School District
1802 Colorado Avenue Suite 200
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone Number: 719-384-6900
Fax Number: 719-384-6910

La Junta High School
1817 Smithland Ave
La Junta, CO 81050-3455
Phone: 719-384-4467

Good Shepherd Christian Academy
4218 San Juan Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone: 719-384-5577
A Non/Inter-denominational school with grades K-12 (Satellite Schooling)

Arkansas Valley Boces Schools
1106 E 4th St
La Junta, CO 81050-1911
Phone: 719-384-9482


Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Ave
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone: (719) 384-6858 La Junta


The population of La Junta was:
1990 - 7,637
2000 - 10,000
2001 - 11,960

The median age for La Junta was:
1999 - 33.8 yrs.

Contribute information for this community or any other community on the Key To TheCity website

Be sure to include the name of the community and its state when contacting Key to the City as you are NOT directly contacting this community.

Thanks for visiting Key to the City. Come back again! Soon!

The information on Key to the City is from multiple sources including government, commerce, libraries, individuals and organizations. There is no guarantee of the accuracy or timeliness of the information presented on these pages, therefore, please use at your own risk.

Search Key to the City
Custom Search
or Search anywhere on the Web
Custom Search