Category Archives: Businesses & Organizations

1912 Jail

1912 Jail
325 Amb Thompson Blvd
Las Animas, CO 81054


The unique Bent County jail was built in 1912 at a cost of $8,478.00. It is located north of the Bent Co. Courthouse on Highway 50. The downstairs contained the residential quarters for the sheriff and family. A separate entrance led to the jail proper located on the second floor. Curtis Gates, aka Ken Curtis and Festus of the popular TV series Gunsmoke, was among the many who lived in the jail. Curtis grew up in Bent Co and his father, Dan Gates, was sheriff for six years.



1499 Amb. Thompson Blvd
Las Animas, CO 81054
Phone: 719-456-0764

Fax: 719-456-1004

Email: Kaye Kasza, Extension Agent. Office hours are from Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:00PM. Eligible ages are from 5-18 years old. Projects range from bicycles & computers to bugs & livestock. There are 4 active clubs in Bent County. Active clubs participate in the Bent County Fair in July.

Action 22, Inc.

Action 22, Inc.
The Voice of Southern Colorado
P.O. Box 697
503 N Main St., Ste. 310
Pueblo, CO 81003

Phone: 719-560-9897
Fax: 719-546-1558


Website: http//

Action 22 is a volunteer-driven membership organization of individuals, cities, communities, counties, associations, businessesAction-22-county-map and organizations in a 22-county region, banding together for a stronger voice on statewide discussion tables, the State Legislature and in Washington, D.C. Action 22’s mission is to give voice to Southern Colorado and serve as a leader for cohesive action to affect change and shape the future of Southern Colorado.

Action 22 builds coalitions in support of its efforts and works to shape policies for the future of Southern Colorado. The organization represents a 36,530 sq. mile area (35% of the state) consisting of 850,000 citizens, 19.5% of the state’s population ranging from the San Luis Valley to the Kansas state line. The most effective means of affecting legislation is by grassroots advocacy efforts by our members.

The organization is run by a Board of Directors that includes up to three delegates from each of the 22 counties and each county area has an equal voice. Members residing within county boundaries elect its own delegates to the Board. The Board elects the Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. The county area board delegates from each of the regions elect Regional Vice Chairs.

The key to the success of Action 22 is the involvement of its members. Networking and pooling members’ talents and skills builds a strong organization. It is through the committee structure that research, study and debate of issues occur. Committees then make policy and position recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Arkansas Valley Hospice

531 Lewis Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone: 719-384-8827
Fax: 719-384-2045
Cassie Elder, Executive Director
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Emergency Services, 24-hours, 365 days a year.