The Masonic Temple in downtown Alamosa
Alamosa is a pretty little town in the center of the San Luis Valley. It was founded in May, 1878, as a railroad center when the Denver & Rio Grande Western first came into the San Luis Valley. The Denver & Rio Grande Western headquartered a lot of its narrow gauge service for northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado in Alamosa and had a large construction, repair and shipping facility here for many years. With its' prime location right on the Rio Grande in the heart of the valley, Alamosa is at the center of everything around here.
As Alamosa is the primary shopping center in the valley (Monte Vista runs a reasonable second), most of the sales taxes accumulate here and make this a more prosperous area than places like Costilla, Conejos and Saguache Counties. As part of this, Alamosa is also the arts, culture, entertainment and education center of the San Luis Valley. On the other hand, a couple years ago Alamosa County passed a tax measure to build a Convention Center in town but the plan was torpedoed through infighting among the business, religious and political leaders. Part of the argument went like this: Every town in southern Colorado is building a Convention Center and competing for the same business. It's a valid argument.
On the first weekend in June every year, Alamosa plays host to the "Sunshine Summerfest on the Rio Festival." With the successful advent of the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, the Alamosa train station has been refurbed and is Colorado's newest Welcome Center. Alamosa also recently went through the process of turning Main Street into a one way street (westbound), with the eastbound counterpart being one block south, right against the railroad tracks.
Alamosa is located at the crossing of US 160 (east and west) with US 285/State Highway 17 (north and south). As the city is in the heart of the San Luis Valley (the largest intermountain valley on Earth), there are views of high mountains in all directions, with access to mountains topping 14,000' just 23 miles east of town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Adams State College is a four year college that is home to 2,500 on-campus undergraduates and 7,000 extended study students. The College offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in 50 areas of study. Trinidad State Junior College also has a satellite campus in town.
Alamosa County Courthouse
Vintage locomotive of the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Alamosa Train Station, now Welcome Center
The main Catholic church in town, across from the courthouse
The Narrow Gauge Newsstand, on Main Street
Trinidad State Junior College Campus in Alamosa
Looks like 1920's style
Looks like early 1900's next to Territorial brick
Incorporated: August 12, 1878
High School or Higher: 82.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 29.5%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 12.9%
2011 Cost of Living Index for Alamosa: 83.5
Median Resident Age: 27.7 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $28,583
Estimated Median Home Value: $115,359
Educational Services, Health Care, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Automotive Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Social Assistance, Professional Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 9.5%
Population Demographics: 2010
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||6,653|
|65 & over||911|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||4,674|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||4,106|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||13|
|Two or more||434|
Great Sand Dunes National Park - Mt. Blanca - Alamosa NWR - Baca NWR
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway
State Trust Lands & Wildlife Areas - Cattails Golf Course - San Luis Valley
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
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