Alamosa, Colorado

Alamosa Business Signs

Alamosa is a Home Rule Municipality located in the southern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Colorado.  Prior to settlement by citizens of the United States, this area was inhabited by the Pueblo and Plains tribal peoples.  Alamosa, Colorado, specifically, was established in May of 1878 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.  Due to its location along the Rio Grande and its association with the railroad, Alamosa, Colorado soon became a vital rail center.  In Henry Gannett’s 1905 book, The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States, it was claimed that Alamosa, Colorado was named for the cottonwood trees lining the Rio Grande.  Alamosa, Colorado was officially incorporated on August 12th, 1878.

According to a 2010 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the town of Alamosa, Colorado has a total population of 8,780 people.  This makes it the most populous municipality in Alamosa County, Colorado.  Coincidentally, Alamosa, Colorado also has the honor of serving as Alamosa County’s county seat.

Alamosa, Colorado is famous as the commercial hub for San Luis Valley.  In fact, the town is home to a WalMart Supercenter, a Walgreens, and two supermarkets: Safeway and City Market.  This bustling metropolis is also the sight of a regional hospital for the area: San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center.

Alamosa, Colorado is perhaps best known as being the home of Adams State University, however.  Adams State University, which was established in 1921 as a teacher’s college by future three-term governor of Colorado Billy Adams, is now a state-supported liberal arts university.  Currently, 3,467 undergraduates are enrolled in Adams State University.  This university also houses the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.  The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, established in 2004, is governed by the National Park Service, and saw 388,308 visitors in 2016.

Adams State University NCAA Division II – Rocky Mountain Grizzlies encompass 19 varsity teams in total.  The Grizzlies football team plays their home games at Rex Stadium.  The Grizzlies also maintain an arena, Plachy Hall, as well as ASU Baseball Field and ASU Soccer Field.  To date, Adams State University’s Grizzlies have won a total of 26 national team championships!  Elsewhere in Alamosa, Colorado’s sports scene, is the Cattalis Golf Course, which boasts an 18-hole championship course.

Alamosa, Colorado is also home to Trinidad State Junior College.  This 2-year institution offers degrees in such diverse topics as “gunsmithing, aquaculture, cosmetology, welding and nursing, as well as traditional arts and sciences classes [such as] English, physics, and chemistry.”

Alamosa, Colorado’s most exciting attraction, however, is undoubtedly Colorado Gators Reptile Park.  Colorado Gators Reptile Park, which opened in 1990, has a land area of 80 acres.  As one can surmise from its name, this park includes a bird sanctuary, reptile rescue, education, and display, and a biodome.  Initially a tilapia and African perch farm, the farmers purchased 100 1-year old alligators “to help dispose of fish-processing waste.  The alligators grew, and locals wanted to see them, so the farm [now a park] was opened to the public.”

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