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City of La Junta, Colorado
—  City  —
Woodruff Block, built 1892

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Location in Otero County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 37°58′53″N 103°32′51″W / 37.98139°N 103.5475°W / 37.98139; -103.5475Coordinates: 37°58′53″N 103°32′51″W / 37.98139°N 103.5475°W / 37.98139; -103.5475
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Otero County Seat[1]
Incorporated April 23, 1881[2]
Government
 - Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 - Mayor Don Rizzuto
 - City Manager Rick Klein
 - City Council Eugene Mestas, Billie Johnson, Jackie Abrams, Bob Friedenberger, Michael Moreno, Bill Schmidt
 - City Attorney Phil Malouff
 - Police Chief G. Todd Quick
Area
 - Total 2.9 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 - Land 2.9 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [3] 4,078 ft (1,243 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 7,568
 Density 2,609.7/sq mi (1,022.7/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 81050
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-42110
GNIS feature ID 0204829
Website http://www.ci.la-junta.co.us/
This caboose serves as the Drive-Up for a downtown bank

The City of La Junta is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Otero County, Colorado, United States.[5] The city population was 7,568 at the U.S. Census 2000. La Junta is located in southeast Colorado, on the Arkansas River east of Pueblo.

During World War II, La Junta had an Army Air Force Training Base outside town. The airport, located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of La Junta, has 77 acres (31 ha) of tarmac and two runways which are still in use. One runway (east-west) is 6,851 feet (2,088 m) long and the other is 5,800 feet (1,800 m). [1].

In 1979, the first episodes of the CBS western miniseries The Chisholms, starring Robert Preston, was filmed near La Junta.

The Caboose (pictured below right) is the drive through for the State Bank [2] which was established in 1893. The bank is unique as it has been remodeled with antiques, including a teller line from the late 1890s.

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Geography

La Junta is located at 37°58′53″N 103°32′51″W / 37.98139°N 103.5475°W / 37.98139; -103.5475 (37.981333, -103.547540)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.4 km²), all of it land. La Junta is directly opposite Île Amsterdam, La Junta's antipode. The area is high plains terrain, dry with short grass prairie and sagebrush.

Demographics

There were 7,568 people, 2,977 households, and 1,964 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,652.0 people per square mile (1,025.3/km²). There were 3,277 housing units at an average density of 1,148.3/sq mi (443.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.22% White, 1.22% African American, 1.77% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 18.33% from other races, and 3.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.60% of the population.

There were 2,977 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,002, and the median income for a family was $36,398. Males had a median income of $26,325 versus $21,324 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,928. About 16.8% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.4% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

La Junta has a major railyard for BNSF for assembling trains and adding engines for the climb across the Raton Pass. Amtrak's Southwest Chief stops here twice daily (east and westbound).

U.S. Route 50 travels through La Junta, approaching from Pueblo to the northwest and continuing eastward towards Lamar and into Kansas. U.S. Route 350 begins at La Junta and travels southwest before reaching Trinidad. Colorado State Highway 10 also begins at La Junta and travels west-southwest before reaching Walsenburg.

Noted residents

Politics

  • Mayor: Don Rizzuto
  • City Council: Eugene Mestas, Billie Johnson, Jackie Abrams, Bob Friedenberger, Michael Moreno, Bill Schmidt.
  • City Manager: Rick Klein
  • City Attorney: Phil Malouff
  • Police Chief: G. Todd Quick

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