Monte Vista (1881, 7,663 feet), originally known as Lariat, prospered after the 1881 arrival of the D&RG and the introduction of irrigated farming. Monte Vista became an important shipping point for live-stock and crops, primarily barley and potatoes. The countryside is filled with cylindrical, corrugated stainless steel barley silos with conical tops, while Monte Vista itself is dominated by the rectangular tower of the Adolph Coors Company's ten-story barley elevator.
Monte Vista's prosperous agrarians and merchants developed one of the San Luis Valley's finest residential neighborhoods. Bounded by Prospect and 4th avenues, between Washington and Dunham streets, this area offers well-maintained examples of various ages and styles of residential construction, ranging from small brick and cast stone cottages to large period revival homes. Many of the commercial buildings, generally designed by the local contractors who constructed them, are of gray rhyolite from a quarry 7 miles south of town.
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