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The Lamar Register Archive

  • Lamar, Colorado
  • 18891923

About

The Bent County Register began as a weekly publication in June 1886 in the fever of the real estate boom precipitated by the founding of Lamar, Colorado. Located in the fertile valley of the Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado, and attractive to both cattlemen and farmers looking to move west from Kansas, the town of Lamar sprouted up literally overnight between May 23 and 24, 1886. Real estate investor I.R. Holmes and Santa Fe railroad man Colonel A.S. Johnson secured a deed to land along the Santa Fe line and spread the word that the opening sale of town lots would take place on May 24, 1886. By means of subterfuge, a train depot was taken off its foundations and relocated by rail to the new town site in time to accommodate the "boom train" arriving from Garden City, Kansas. Among the passengers arriving the following day were investors who purchased over $45,000 in town lots, doing business in a tent serving as Lamar's makeshift headquarters. The town was officially established on May 24, 1886, with many of the same investors deciding to immediately take up residence, ordering building materials by telegraph.

Archive Info

  • 13,428
  • Lamar, Colorado
  • 18891923

Source Information

The Lamar Register, 1889–1923 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 7, 2023

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John Horton court case

John Horton court case

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Lamar, Colorado
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Russian Lynch Law

Russian Lynch Law

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Lamar, Colorado
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Marriage of Heady / Cowan

Marriage of Heady / Cowan

The Lamar Register
Lamar, Colorado
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Charles Hudspeth 2 Apr 1892

Charles Hudspeth 2 Apr 1892

The Lamar Register
Lamar, Colorado
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Complaints of Starving Cattle

Complaints of Starving Cattle

The Lamar Register
Lamar, Colorado
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Obituary for Minnie Bales

Obituary for Minnie Bales

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Lamar, Colorado
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Archive Info

  • 13,428
  • Lamar, Colorado
  • 18891923

Source Information

The Lamar Register, 1889–1923 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 7, 2023