Boll weevil

Espanola, NM

#1 Sep 7, 2009
I always looked forward to the train stopping at La Junta when traveling to Santa Fe. I loved the smell of the air. Maybe it was the relief of traveling through Kansas all night.:-)

I am a 60 yr old Anglo male on a disability pension. I am looking for a relaxed place to live out my final years. I grew up and lived most of my life in a big city and am just tired of the strife. I just want a place with a nice coffee shop where I can sit and talk to people. I am looking to buy a cheap house there, but don't want to wind up someplace where loud music emanates from cars or houses. I can live most anywhere, but rude neighbors bring out the worst in me.

La Junta appeals to me from what I have read about it and the feeling I got when I passed through it. Sometime in the near future I will be visiting and looking at some houses, as I said, cheap ones, and probably close to the center of town.

From what I gather the taxes and utilities are not bad there. Being on a fixed income I am looking for such things to stay relatively stable.

Can I get some input on where I should avoid?
Rachel Wallace

Westcliffe, CO

#2 Sep 24, 2009
La Junta is perfect for you! Great coffee, company and all around place to live. We LOVE it here!
I forwarded this link to Ron Davis and he can recommend a few places I'm sure. Welcome!

Since: Sep 09

Denver, CO

#3 Sep 25, 2009
Boll weevil wrote:
I always looked forward to the train stopping at La Junta when traveling to Santa Fe. I loved the smell of the air. Maybe it was the relief of traveling through Kansas all night.:-)
I am a 60 yr old Anglo male on a disability pension. I am looking for a relaxed place to live out my final years. I grew up and lived most of my life in a big city and am just tired of the strife. I just want a place with a nice coffee shop where I can sit and talk to people. I am looking to buy a cheap house there, but don't want to wind up someplace where loud music emanates from cars or houses. I can live most anywhere, but rude neighbors bring out the worst in me.
La Junta appeals to me from what I have read about it and the feeling I got when I passed through it. Sometime in the near future I will be visiting and looking at some houses, as I said, cheap ones, and probably close to the center of town.
From what I gather the taxes and utilities are not bad there. Being on a fixed income I am looking for such things to stay relatively stable.
Can I get some input on where I should avoid?
Thanks for the nice words...and you are right. La Junta is a great place to Live, Work and Visit!

Might check out the following web sites:
www.LaJuntaEconomicDevelopment.net
www.VisitLaJunta.net
www.LaJuntaEvents.com

Economic Development site lists all of the realtors on the properties page. Lot of properties available at a great price. Would not worry too much about areas to avoid...there aren't many and you would certainly be the best judge of that when you visit.

Visit La Junta and Events give you a nice snapshot of restaurants and events.

Feel free to contact me when you decide to come.
Grew up there

Richmond, CA

#4 Oct 6, 2009
I grew up in Rocky Ford but always prefered La Junta. Bigger town, County Seat and more to do. I still have friends there and always feel at home there, connected. Nice little town with friendly people, a hospital, some shopping and services. I live and work in CA but could see myself retiring there. CA has been good to me but I feel no obligation to stay. Too expensive.
Mike

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Oct 14, 2009
I lived in La Junta from 1963 to 1966. I was in the Air Force and stationed at La Junta Bomb Plot. These were some of the happiest days of my life. I married my wife there. She was born in La Junta. I have always considered moving back. We now live in New Mexico and have for 40 years.
boll weevil

Espanola, NM

#6 Oct 16, 2009
Thank you for the responses. I am making a serious effort to relocate to La Junta.

Have been there once a month ago looking at some houses. Drove on 350 from Trinidad to get there. That is certainly a long stretch of nothing. Which probably keeps La Junta nice.:-)

Will be there again next week and hopefully something will happen.
Native Colorado

Sullivan, MO

#7 May 30, 2010
I lived near La Junta from 1979-1982. I love the place. The people are some of the nicest people I have ever known. I was a teenager, and went through alot of rights of passage there, from first love to first pair of heels. I still have dear friends that I met there. I would move back. I visit as often as I can.
DuX

Lamar, CO

#8 Nov 4, 2010
Yes. For a person of your wise years, La Junta is great. It is Highly focused on the senior citizen.
Now, if you are a younger generation, or have younger children, Avoid this town like the Plague.
la juntan

United States

#9 Nov 28, 2012
Grew up in lj, even spent some time in the clink! I wouldnt take it back tho, ol ron davis was the principal at my school, he remembers me, I did the stage dive off the top row at an assembly! Good times!
LJ159Eh

United States

#10 Mar 14, 2013
Who are you La Juntan? I too grew up in LJ Ron was my Principal as well and I remember someone vaguely doing that and think I may know who you are...
LaJunta Murderer

Deerfield Beach, FL

#11 Apr 28, 2013
Did you know a former LaJunta police officer, Thomas Seaba, is a cold blooded murderer? It's true - he shot his good friend in the back of the head five times. Go to http://www.LaJuntaMurderer.com to see evidence of this. This man in living with the residents of La Junta!
Jimmy Joe

United States

#12 May 28, 2013
It rains too much there.
1234goo

La Junta, CO

#13 Jan 16, 2014
Worst place I have ever lived. People are rude and have no ability to think for themselves. A rule is a rule especially if it doesn't make sense. Very raciest place where my black friends are repeatedly spoken down to. Everyone has a dog that lives outside chained to a tree, is barely feed and barks all day. The river goes through town but there are train tracks next to it instead of the downtown so it looks like crappy industry. The only jobs are railroad and walmart and good luck making enough to live working at walmart. But if you like meth, frequent stabbings, racism, being underpaid, ignorant people (education rate is very low), vicious barking dogs, then this is the place for you,
Stuck

Westcliffe, CO

#14 Jul 8, 2014
Corrupt city officials, cops care about nobody, but themselves. driving and walking is dangerous, dangerous for dog walkers. animal control is a joke. Animals abuse and animal neglect. town is dying. no jobs unless you work for wally world and they abuse you.

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