The Monte Vista Historical Society

Visit the Monte Vista Historical Society History Center
For a Peek into the Past

110 Jefferson Street
PO Box 323
Monte Vista, CO 81144
(719) 849-9320
(719) 849-0974
Peggy Barr or Peg Schall
Open 11:30-3:00 Monday - Friday
May through September
Winter Hours by Appointment
Donations Appreciated
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Linda Darnell
 Lillian Ford
 Julia Marsh





Original Carnegie Public Library (ca 1902) 
This century-old restored first library building appears as the
'reading room' it once was.

See the tin ceiling, unusual 'pink' lava stone walls, and square nails,
along with the history of Monte Vista and the San Luis Valley.


The Monte Vista Historical Society is temporarily relocating to 916 First Avenue in Monte Vista.
Photos from Monte Vista HS collections will be on display at the Transportation Museum.
They will be hosting the "100 Years of San Luis Valley Reservoirs" in May until the middle of June.

The Society was organized in 1987 as a non-profit volunteer group committed to the preservation of historical documents, photographs, and buildings in Monte Vista and surrounding areas.

Fifteen Monte Vista buildings have been placed on the National and State Registry of Historic Places through its efforts.

A collection of over 1,500 photographs (indexed), history reference books, and memorabilia are available to the public.

Read a Short History of Monte Vista.

The Society is dependent upon annual memberships, donations, and the sale of books, photographs and periodicals for its continued efforts.

The photos in this collection are available for sale under the Society Photo Policy with a 6-week turnaround time.
Please see our Photo Categories.
Copyrights may apply.

In 2000, the Society opened the
Transportation of the West Museum
in the old Fassett building.

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Frozen Artesian Water Well FROZEN ARTESIAN WATER WELL

This is a wintertime spectacle in the San Luis Valley

Taken in the 1930s

Photographer
Herb Stanger/Stanger Studios
DENVER & RIO GRANDE RAILROAD LARIAT SIDING

Later to Become The Town of Monte Vista

Circa March, 1884
THE BLANCA HOTEL

Elegant Three-Story
Stone Hotel

Circa 1892
STUCK IN THE
SAN LUIS VALLEY MUD

South of Monte Vista

Circa 1935
EARLY TRAVELS AND TRAVAILS!

Crossing Wolf Creek Pass

Circa 1915
CATCH OF THE DAY

Camping Trip for the
Fassett Family
and Friends

Circa 1910
PANORAMA OF MONTE VISTA

Looking Southwest

Circa 1890
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