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Lathrop State Park

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1962. 3 miles west of Walsenburg on U.S. 160
  • Visitor's center mural
  • Visitor's center mural

Colorado's first state park, named for the first director of the state parks and recreation board, has a visitors' center with a remarkable mural painted by Paul Busch in 1972. Depicting settlement waves from prehistoric Native Americans to Hispanics and twentieth-century miners and ranchers, the mural spotlights historical figures such as Juan de Oñate, Chief Ouray, Zebulon Pike, Kit Carson, General William J. Palmer, and Frederick Walsen.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Lathrop State Park", [Walsenburg, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 372-372.

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