Otero County Colorado History

This section contains information about the early beginnings of the county, including histories of early pioneers, biography of the county namesake, early photographs of county places and a 1904 booklet of La Junta with photos of places, club members and more.

County History

A brief depiction of the county from 1889-1895. Includes details about agriculture, railroads, schools etc.

History of Bent County

By Charles W. Bowman. From History of the Arkansas Valley, 1881.


Photographs and postcards of historic places and gatherings in Otero County.

Souvenir Book

1904 Souvenir Book of La Junta, including it's history and early photographs.

Don Miguel Antonio Otero

A biography about the namesake of Otero County.

Mennonite Sanitarium

A brief history of the Mennonite Sanitarium located south of Swink