La Junta Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

La Junta, Colorado

 

Photos of Local Historic Places

The Bent County Courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use in the state.  It was built in 1887.  Photo by Patti Nickell.

 

The Rocky Ford Historical Museum built in 1908, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Dianna Hendren.

 

Bent's Old Fort Gate, located north of La Junta on Colorado Highway 194 at the entrance to the National Historical Site of Bent's Old Fort.  The DAR marker was moved from its original location on a farm adjoining the fort to the west.  The marker sits on a pedestal to the west of the stone archway.  Photo by Pam Kuhns-Valdez.

 

Koshare Kiva is near the Otero Junior College in La Junta.  One of the large murals in the La Junta Koshare Kiva was a gift of the chapter. The scout leader, founder of the Koshare Indians, was "Buck" Burshears whose mother Laura Burshears was a member of the La Junta Chapter. The kiva was built by Hendren Construction.  Ground was broken for the kiva construction on October 3, 1948.

 

La Junta Chapter NSDAR was organized November 24, 1913.  Mrs. Harriet Bragg was the first chapter regent and was regent for seven years.  There has been a total of 38 regents, including the current regent, Mrs. Betty L. Pennington.  The chapter's geographic area includes Fowler, Rocky Ford, La Junta and Las Animas (Otero and Bent Counties).  The site of Bent's Old Fort was maintained by the chapter for years which included the building of the stone gateway at the original entrance to the roadway leading to the Fort.  The chapter owned the site of the Fort from February 8, 1926 to June 14, 1954 when the land was deeded to the State of Colorado for the use and benefit of the State Historical Society for the sum of $1.00.  Later it was sold to the United States for $1.00 on June 3, 1960 and became a part of the National Park Service.

Chapter Regent Kathryn Overmyer.

 

Chapter Officers:

Regent

Kathryn Overmyer

Vice Regent

Susan Holsclaw

Chaplain

Sheila LeRoy

Recording Secretary

Clara Stafford

Treasurer

Judy Reyher

Registrar

Darla Youngblood

Historian

Vicky Pollock

Chapter meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month September through May, except December. Time of meetings is 1:30 p.m. with occasional exceptions. Luncheon precedes the meeting at noon.

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Last updated: September 1, 2013