Prowers County

Prowers County is located in Southeast Colorado, on the Colorado-Kansas border at the crossroads of Highways 50 and 287, the Ports to Plains trade courier route, and 385. Founded in 1889, it was named after John Wesley Prowers, a leading pioneer, plainsman, cattleman and legislator of the lower Arkansas Valley. The area is rich with recreational activities, historical sites and western traditions as well as birding trails, excellent schools, and renewable energy sources. Rich in agricultural production, it is the industrial and retail center of Southeast Colorado and has great opportunities for business expansion and relocation. The local amenities, museums, art galleries, annual festivals and cultural events help to round out the balance and attraction of the area as a great place to visit but a better place to live.

Home to the towns of Bristol, Granada, Hartman, Holly, Lamar and Wiley

At a glance

  • Lamar, county seat
  • Low crime rate / Safe communities
  • Low cost of living index 78.2% (2008)
  • Unemployment rate 3.5% (2007)
  • Avg tax mill levy 82.13%
  • Elevation 3,622 feet
  • Population 13,407 / 8 people per square mile
  • Area 1,644 square miles
  • Average January temp 36º F
  • Average annual snowfall 27 inches
  • Average July temp 83º F
  • Average annual precipitation 14.8 inches
  • Climate semi-arid/mild
  • Downtown shopping
  • 2 Airports
  • Assisted living facility
  • 2 Nursing care facilities
  • 30+ Churches
  • 2 Theaters
  • Golf course
  • Trap club
  • Art center
  • Lamar Community College
  • 11 Public schools
  • 35+ Organizations
  • 2 Libraries
  • Bowling alley
  • 2 Swimming pools

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