Museum of Friends in Walsenburg

Artists Brendt and Maria Cocchiarelli Berger accumulated paintings, photographs, sculpture and other items for the Museum of Friends, and their friends continue to provide more art to expand the collection.

September 19, 2013
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Walsenburg

Walsenburg Colorado
November 27, 2011

The small town of Walsenburg has transformed itself in recent years, revitalizing its downtown area in an effort led by businesspeople in the historic and scenic community.

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Spanish Peaks

Spanish Peaks in southern Colorado
November 27, 2011

Staff writer The Spanish Peaks are a pair of volcanic mountains rising 7,000 feet over the Plains in south-central Colorado. They have been revered by Native Americans and served as guideposts for early white explorers. The West Spanish Peak stands 13,623 feet above sea level while the East Spanish Peak reaches 12,708 feet. They are located about 20 miles southwest of Walsenburg. The peaks serve as religious symbols for the…

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Walsenburg Wild Waters

Staff writer Walsenburg Wild Waters, a $2 million water park with three pools, a lazy river, water slides and fountains, is run by the city of Walsenburg and is open in the summer. Details Walsenburg Wild Waters 700 W. 7th St. Walsenburg CO 81089 (719) 738-2628 Website

November 27, 2011
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Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg
November 27, 2011

Lathrop State Park Huerfano County, west of Walsenburg Lathrop State Park covers 1,594 acres adjoining the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado. It was Colorado’s first state park, opening in 1962. Two lakes offer boating and fishing. Martin Lake offers water skiing, power boating and sail boating. The warm water is great for swimmers. Horseshoe Lake offers a quieter haven for canoeists, kayakers, and lower-speed sailors. Both lakes hold catfish, bass,…

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Ludlow Tent Colony Site

Ludlow Massacre Memorial near Walsenburg
November 27, 2011

Staff writer A monument at the Ludlow Tent Colony Site, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009, stands off Interstate 25 about 25 miles south of Walsenburg. It commemorates the Ludlow Massacre of 1914, in which Colorado National Guard troops attacked a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families. Two women and 11 children were asphyxiated and burned to death. Three union leaders and two strikers were killed…

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Walsenburg Mining Museum

Walsenburg Mining Museum
November 27, 2011

Staff writer The Walsenburg Mining Museum, located in the 1896 Huerfano County Jail, shows the history of mining in the area and the people who worked in the mines. The museum includes a mine office, jail cells, vintage photos, maps, gear, tools and memorabilia. A monument in front of the Museum includes the names of hundreds of miners who worked in Southern Colorado. Guided tours are available. Details Walsenburg Mining…

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Walsenburg history

Walsenburg history
November 27, 2011

Staff writer Walsenburg began some 150 years ago as La Plaza de los Leones, named after settler Don Miguel Antonio Leon. A German merchant, Fred Walsen, settled nearby in 1870 and his mercantile business attracted German settlers to follow. After he helped incorporate the new town, he was honored by its name, “Walsenburg.” In 1876, Walsen opened the area’s first coal mine, and mining became an economic mainstay in the…

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