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The oldest town in Colorado
San Luis Courthouse - County Seat for
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
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
For fishing & picnicing, Sanchez Reservoir is only about 10
minutes Southeast of town and is a state wildlife area nestled next to the