Lying in a valley on the eastern plains south of the Arkansas River, Lamar began as a small stop and stockyard siding on the Santa Fe Railway. The depot houses a Colorado Visitors Center.
109 E Beech Street Lamar, CO 81052
- Annual Station Revenue (2015)
- Annual Station Ridership (2015)
|Facility Ownership||City of Lamar|
|Parking Lot Ownership||City of Lamar|
|Platform Ownership||BNSF Railway|
|Track Ownership||BNSF Railway|
|15 Long Term Parking Spaces||Accessible Payphones||Accessible Platform|
|Accessible Restrooms||Accessible Waiting Room||Dedicated Parking|
|Pay Phones||Short Term Parking Spaces||Wheelchair Lift|
- Southwest Chief
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The Amtrak stop in Lamar is a platform situated next to the restored 1907 brick depot, which now houses the local chamber of commerce and Colorado Visitors Center.
Lamar lies in a valley on the eastern plains of Colorado south of the Arkansas River. The city began as small depot and stock yard siding at a location on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (now BNSF Railway) at a location along the Santa Fe Trail called Blackwell. This was in the midst of extensive grazing lands belonging to A.R. Black, a prosperous cattleman of the period.
In 1866, Mr. Black was approached about donating some of his land adjacent to his depot as a town site. Although he was offered profits from the sale of town lots -- to which he would retain ownership -- Black refused. The town developers threatened to remove his depot; and before Black could obtain an injunction from Denver, the Blackwell depot was demolished and the depot moved three miles west. The demolition crew threw aside the Blackwell sign and put up the Lamar sign, thereby establishing the town.
Named for Lucius Quintus Lamar, the Secretary of the Interior under Grover Cleveland, the new city provided a land office and promises of free land. It was one of the last to be so constructed on the main line of the ATSF. The city thrived through the efforts of “town site platters” with much promotion and fanfare.
Today, Lamar is the seat of Prowers County and remains an agricultural center, both for ranching and farming. The city is also home to the largest wind farm in Colorado.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by two daily trains. A caretaker opens the Visitors Center to serve passengers at train times.