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La Plata County Fairgrounds

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1890s. 1935, stables and grandstand, WPA. Northwest corner of Main Ave. and E. 25th St. (NR)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Tawny local sandstone forms the walls, bandstand support, and entry gateway for this rodeo and fairgrounds. A stone wall stretching for three blocks along Main Avenue is the back wall for adobe brick stables. They face the large grandstand, a frame affair built on stout stone pillars. Amid sprawling Main Avenue development, this relic of the 1930s somehow survives, despite intense development pressure, as perhaps Colorado's finest WPA-built county fairgrounds.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "La Plata County Fairgrounds", [Durango, 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, 559-559.

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