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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Depot
1893. Northeast corner of S. Main and Beech sts.
  • Madonna of the Trail Monument

This standard Prairie Style depot, resembling those in Rocky Ford (Otero County) and Las Animas (Bent County), remains in its original location and is used by Amtrak's Southwest Chief. In 1990 Lamar rehabilitated its depot as a tourist center and offices for the Chamber of Commerce, completely gutting and reconfiguring the interior for constructive reuse. Adjacent Santa Fe Park boasts Santa Fe Locomotive 1819 and the Madonna of the Trail Monument (1926), sculpted by A. Leimbach of St. Louis, one of a dozen stone statues commissioned and donated by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for sites across the U.S. This westward-facing woman, clutching a baby and a rifle with another child clinging to her skirt, honors pioneer mothers.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Colorado Welcome Center", [Lamar, 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, 384-384.

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