Living in La Junta
Boll weevil

La Madera, 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

Lamar, 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

Dublin, 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

La Madera, 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

Westcliffe, 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

Miami, 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

Lamar, 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.
Sweet tooth

United States

#15 Aug 22, 2015
Rachel Wallace wrote:
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!
In moving to the LA Junta area myself this week and looking for a quiet and inexpensive place to live for both my teenage daughter and myself. I'm a baker/cake decorator/pastry chef and looking for any available work in my trade. Would love some feedback and possibly some new friends. I'm excited. I've always wanted to live in Colorado and now am ready to start a new chapter in this adventure.
Sweet tooth

United States

#16 Aug 22, 2015
boll weevil wrote:
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.
I see that you posted your thread 6 years ago re: moving to LA junta. My question is, are you happy with it? Is it all you hoped the it would be? Seriously Curious.
la junta co sucks

La Junta, CO

#17 Nov 30, 2015
La Junta CO is not the place for you. All roads lead away from the wonderful town of la junta. CO there are better small town threwout colorado to live in then this places (LA JUNTA, CO). What a joke, a place with loud neighbors, rude people, high cost of living, code enforcement that drives around doing nothing about the over growing weeds & trees blocking your view of on coming traffic, trash all over the place, vacant houses & buildings that should be knocked down. All the junk cars and trash in people back yards. But if you leave your trailer on the street you will get a ticket from code enforcement. High rent for a shit hole. And if you do find something to rent what an antiquated piece of junk.(CAN YOU SAY SLUM LORDS) And the truth most people that do move here young or retired do leave after a while as no jobs, high utilities, all the closed businesses, city counsel that dose nothing worth while except make silly regulations or rules, police department that is a joke, a hospital that will kill you that has no real staff. Always ship people out to other hospitals due to the lack of doctors or specialty clinics, dirty filthy facility where some people have no work ethics and no secrets as everyone knows your business weather you want them to or not. Building department where the good old boys are exempt from codes. Where we have lost so many businesses just because no one has money to spend as they can't afford to due to the high cost to live here. Economic development that just greases there own pockets. No one wants to bring a business why no real work force. This place is far out of the way that trucking cost to much. Now yes you will here the argument that they have brought in new companies. But it is a smoke screen as the companies that do come here will in fact close after a while or move somewhere else in the state. Look at all the houses for sale in this place! That will give you a clue. I have seen people from big cities like Denver, aurora, arvada New York, Michigan, California, Phoenix, Chicago move her only to last one to three years then put the house up for sale and move to another part of colorado as there is not much to do here. Where a city paid a lot of money to moved an old train instead of making a jogging/bike path in the arroyo, fixing all the jacked up sidewalks O but they did fix all the sidewalks around the park. All in all this is one screwed up place to live trust me I am not the only one that feels this way. There is a lot wrong with this place but until you get rid of the entrenched good old boys this place will never be. Why should they care! They have a steady paycheck while this place goes down in flames. The city has a cash cow owning the utility department charging high rates while the power goes off quite often 3 to 6 times a day some weeks. Where they don't want you to put solar panels on your house to cut your carbon footprint nor do they want to pay you for any power back on the grid. But they do drive nice vehicles at your expense . Don't take my word for it. Move here then when you are packing up too move out of this wonderful town you will understand what I mean. Just to give you some info I have lived in Denver CO, Aurora CO, Greeley CO, Highlands Ranch CO, Lone Tree CO, New Mexico, Phoenix, but ended up here to take care of my elderly parents and hate this place
Lost in La Junta

La Junta, CO

#18 Jan 2, 2016
Leave this place if you can. Good old boy system
maria

Santa Fe, NM

#19 Saturday Sep 3
la junta co sucks wrote:
La Junta CO is not the place for you. All roads lead away from the wonderful town of la junta. CO there are better small town threwout colorado to live in then this places (LA JUNTA, CO). What a joke, a place with loud neighbors, rude people, high cost of living, code enforcement that drives around doing nothing about the over growing weeds & trees blocking your view of on coming traffic, trash all over the place, vacant houses & buildings that should be knocked down. All the junk cars and trash in people back yards. But if you leave your trailer on the street you will get a ticket from code enforcement. High rent for a shit hole. And if you do find something to rent what an antiquated piece of junk.(CAN YOU SAY SLUM LORDS) And the truth most people that do move here young or retired do leave after a while as no jobs, high utilities, all the closed businesses, city counsel that dose nothing worth while except make silly regulations or rules, police department that is a joke, a hospital that will kill you that has no real staff. Always ship people out to other hospitals due to the lack of doctors or specialty clinics, dirty filthy facility where some people have no work ethics and no secrets as everyone knows your business weather you want them to or not. Building department where the good old boys are exempt from codes. Where we have lost so many businesses just because no one has money to spend as they can't afford to due to the high cost to live here. Economic development that just greases there own pockets. No one wants to bring a business why no real work force. This place is far out of the way that trucking cost to much. Now yes you will here the argument that they have brought in new companies. But it is a smoke screen as the companies that do come here will in fact close after a while or move somewhere else in the state. Look at all the houses for sale in this place! That will give you a clue. I have seen people from big cities like Denver, aurora, arvada New York, Michigan, California, Phoenix, Chicago move her only to last one to three years then put the house up for sale and move to another part of colorado as there is not much to do here. Where a city paid a lot of money to moved an old train instead of making a jogging/bike path in the arroyo, fixing all the jacked up sidewalks O but they did fix all the sidewalks around the park. All in all this is one screwed up place to live trust me I am not the only one that feels this way. There is a lot wrong with this place but until you get rid of the entrenched good old boys this place will never be. Why should they care! They have a steady paycheck while this place goes down in flames. The city has a cash cow owning the utility department charging high rates while the power goes off quite often 3 to 6 times a day some weeks. Where they don't want you to put solar panels on your house to cut your carbon footprint nor do they want to pay you for any power back on the grid. But they do drive nice vehicles at your expense . Don't take my word for it. Move here then when you are packing up too move out of this wonderful town you will understand what I mean. Just to give you some info I have lived in Denver CO, Aurora CO, Greeley CO, Highlands Ranch CO, Lone Tree CO, New Mexico, Phoenix, but ended up here to take care of my elderly parents and hate this place
WHo wants you??
QUIZACKHADERACK

Lexington, KY

#20 Saturday Sep 10
la junta co sucks wrote:
La Junta CO is not the place for you. All roads lead away from the wonderful town of la junta. CO there are better small town threwout colorado to live in then this places (LA JUNTA, CO). What a joke, a place with loud neighbors, rude people, high cost of living, code enforcement that drives around doing nothing about the over growing weeds & trees blocking your view of on coming traffic, trash all over the place, vacant houses & buildings that should be knocked down. All the junk cars and trash in people back yards. But if you leave your trailer on the street you will get a ticket from code enforcement. High rent for a shit hole. And if you do find something to rent what an antiquated piece of junk.(CAN YOU SAY SLUM LORDS) And the truth most people that do move here young or retired do leave after a while as no jobs, high utilities, all the closed businesses, city counsel that dose nothing worth while except make silly regulations or rules, police department that is a joke, a hospital that will kill you that has no real staff. Always ship people out to other hospitals due to the lack of doctors or specialty clinics, dirty filthy facility where some people have no work ethics and no secrets as everyone knows your business weather you want them to or not. Building department where the good old boys are exempt from codes. Where we have lost so many businesses just because no one has money to spend as they can't afford to due to the high cost to live here. Economic development that just greases there own pockets. No one wants to bring a business why no real work force. This place is far out of the way that trucking cost to much. Now yes you will here the argument that they have brought in new companies. But it is a smoke screen as the companies that do come here will in fact close after a while or move somewhere else in the state. Look at all the houses for sale in this place! That will give you a clue. I have seen people from big cities like Denver, aurora, arvada New York, Michigan, California, Phoenix, Chicago move her only to last one to three years then put the house up for sale and move to another part of colorado as there is not much to do here. Where a city paid a lot of money to moved an old train instead of making a jogging/bike path in the arroyo, fixing all the jacked up sidewalks O but they did fix all the sidewalks around the park. All in all this is one screwed up place to live trust me I am not the only one that feels this way. There is a lot wrong with this place but until you get rid of the entrenched good old boys this place will never be. Why should they care! They have a steady paycheck while this place goes down in flames. The city has a cash cow owning the utility department charging high rates while the power goes off quite often 3 to 6 times a day some weeks. Where they don't want you to put solar panels on your house to cut your carbon footprint nor do they want to pay you for any power back on the grid. But they do drive nice vehicles at your expense . Don't take my word for it. Move here then when you are packing up too move out of this wonderful town you will understand what I mean. Just to give you some info I have lived in Denver CO, Aurora CO, Greeley CO, Highlands Ranch CO, Lone Tree CO, New Mexico, Phoenix, but ended up here to take care of my elderly parents and hate this place
Wow, thanks to you guys living in La Junta for that insight, I was actually contemplating of moving there!

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