Lamar, CO (LMR)

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

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (2016): $173,319
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 1,879
  • Facility Ownership: City of Lamar
  • Parking Lot Ownership: City of Lamar
  • Platform Ownership: BNSF Railway
  • Track Ownership: BNSF Railway

Southwest Chief

Rob Eaton
Regional Contact
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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.

Station Type:

Platform only (no shelter)

Features

  • Yes Short Term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only not overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Accessible Payphones
  • Accessible Platform

    Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Ticket Office
  • Accessible Waiting Room
  • Accessible Water Fountain
  • ATM
  • Baggage Storage

    Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags equivalent to 'left luggage' in Europe. A storage fee may apply.

  • Bike Boxes
  • Checked Baggage
  • Dedicated Parking
  • Elevator
  • Enclosed Waiting Area
  • Help With Luggage
  • High Platform

    A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train with the exception of Superliners.

  • Lockers

    Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage

  • Long-term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Lounge
  • Parking Attendant
  • Pay Phones
  • QuikTrakKiosk
  • Restrooms
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Ski Bags
  • Wheelchair Lift

    Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.

  • Wheelchairs
  • WiFi