The members of the

La Junta Chapter NSDAR

Daughters of the American Revolution

welcome you to this website!

We are located in

La Junta, Colorado

Bent County Courthouse. By Patti Nickell

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


We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to who we are, what we do, how to join us,
and resources to research your own family history, celebrate patriotism, champion education,
and promote historic preservation.

If you would like more information on the La Junta Chapter DAR,
please email the following chapter leaders or visit our state and national websites.

email Email the La Junta Chapter Regent

email Email the La Junta Chapter about Membership

email Visit the Colorado State DAR homepage

email Visit the National Society DAR homepage


We are members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR). This organization is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization comprising 3,000 chapters and over 185,000 members.


Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death, as well as of the Revolutionary War service of her patriot ancestor.


Are you interested in membership but live outside our area or cannot meet with us locally? That's okay!
You can explore other chapters in Colorado by visiting this Colorado State DAR page
or click here to be connected with a chapter that serves your community.

Chapter History

La Junta Chapter NSDAR was organized November 24, 1913. Harriet Bragg was the first chapter regent and was regent for seven years. 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.

Historic Places

Rocky Ford Historical Museum. By Dianna Hendren

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. By Pam Kuhns-Valdez

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. Shared as CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)

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.
Photo shared as CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).

Historic Marker

Bent's Old Fort GateJune 14, 1930

Our Patriot Ancestors

Nicholas BlakePennsylvaniaPrivate
Ebenezer BowlesMassachusettsPrivate
George BushNew YorkPrivate
Hanchrist CarlockVirginiaPrivate
Abraham ClarkMarylandPatriotic Service
Charles DuvalMarylandCivil Service, Patriotic Service
John HashVirginiaPatriotic Service
James Hogg, Jr.VirginiaSoldier, Patriotic Service
James Hogg, Sr.VirginiaPatriotic Service
Joseph HoweVirginiaCivil Service
Charles IsonVirginiaLieutenant, Patriotic Service
Robert JakwaysConnecticutPrivate
David JarrattVirginiaPatriotic Service
Samuel KennerlyVirginiaPrivate
Valentine KrugPennsylvaniaSecond Lieutenant
James McCarrollVirginiaCivil Service
James McKibbenPennsylvaniaCivil Service, Patriotic Service
Thomas McLaughlinVirginia, North CarolinaPrivate
William Menefee, Sr.VirginiaPatriotic Service
William MunksPennsylvaniaPrivate
Naboth OsbornConnecticut, MassachusettsPrivate
James PotterVirginiaPrivate
John SavageVirginiaPatriotic Service
Johannes SchaubNorth CarolinaPrivate, Civil Service, Patriotic Service
James Sturtevant, Sr.ConnecticutPrivate
Edward TrabueVirginiaPrivate, Patriotic Service
James WinfreeNorth CarolinaPatriotic Service
as of April 9, 2019


Our Chapter Officers

RegentDarla Youngblood
Vice RegentSusan Mathewson
ChaplainSheila LeRoy
Recording SecretaryClara Stafford
TreasurerJudith Reyher
RegistrarDarla Youngblood
as of February 15, 2018