If you want to be transported back to the "Good old Days", you need to visit historical La Veta, Colorado, for Fort Francisco Days being held on July 28, 2007. The locals put on their Sunday best and make their way down to the Fort Francisco Museum for a day of food and entertainment. Attendees are asked to dress to reflect the time period (late 1800's). Col. John M. Francisco traveled to La Veta in 1834 and decided "This is paradise enough for me". Although Col. Francisco did not buy land in the area for another 24 years, he never forgot the pull of this paradise. For many of the locals (like me) this is why we live here.
As a fifth generation native of this small town, I can say that my family and several other local families have donated several items of interest to the Fort Museum. Having traveled through the collection of artifacts more than once, I can tell you that there are items in the museum to fascinate almost anyone. You have the blacksmith shop where you can see the tools of yesterday and during the Fort Days, parties are on hand to show you how they work. In the past there have been representatives of the local Native American population teaching the attendees how to make and play flutes. If you have more of an interest in games of ill repute, you can visit the local saloon to learn how to play old time Blackjack or Poker.
As you may have noticed, La Veta has grown from a small town of settlers to the budding Mecca that it is today. There are numerous small events such as Fort Francisco Days, that draw people to the town of La Veta and many of these people are so enchanted with this paradise that they come back to town to purchase second homes. There are even a few that want to relocate their families here and stay for the long haul. I will be attending Ft. Francisco days this weekend and would love for you to stop by and visit. I will be wandering around, so please look for my pretty face and name tag. For a list of local events, please visit the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce Website @ www.lavetacucharachamber.com.