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San Luis

The oldest town in Colorado

San Luis, Colorado - Courthouse
San Luis Courthouse - County Seat for Costilla County

At the end of the Mexican war of 1848, the United States acquired an area that was called the New Mexico Territory (part of which is now Costilla County). Spanish-speaking Americans, settled the town of San Luis and had to guard it from Indians.

San Luis is the first permanent town in Colorado and was founded on June 21, 1851, the date of the annual Fiesta de San Luis. The original village was named after the Catholic Saint.

The oldest continuously operated business in Colorado is located in San Luis also, a general store now called the R&R Market. The market still stands at the same site where it was founded by Dario Gallegos in 1857.

San Luis is positioned 37.20 degrees North of the equator and 105.42 degrees West of the prime meridian. The population of San Luis is approximately 800. The approximate number of families is 350.

San Luis, Colorado has amazing historical sites (many of which are in everyday use like the courthouse pictured above) as well as all the modern conveniences for visitors.

The San Luis Inn Motel is located at 138 Main Street and is a newly constructed, modern two story motel. It features an indoor hot tub spa, all the amenities and at very reasonable rates (local 719-672-3399 or toll free 877-672-3331).

You will also find at least two excellent resterants for breakfast or lunch, a place for great traditional Mexican dinner and even a pizza parlor. San Luis also has a bank next to the Museum & Cultural Center. There is also two gas stations in town to fill up before exploring the area.

For fishing & picnicing, Sanchez Reservoir is only about 10 minutes Southeast of town and is a state wildlife area nestled next to the mountains.


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