Arkansas Valley Fairground Adobe Stables

Year Listed: 2007
County: Otero County
Construction Date: 1938
Threat When Listed: Deterioration
Status: IN PROGRESS
 
 

In 1878, the founder of Rocky Ford, G.W. Swink shared his bountiful watermelon crop with passengers at the Rocky Ford Depot and the Arkansas Valley Fiar began.  Today, the Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds hosts Colorado’s oldest continuous fair. The Adobe Stables were constructed as a project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and are a rare intact example of exposed adobe brick.

In 2017, the Adobe Stables held a successful “Kentucky Derby” themed fundraiser. Colorado Preservation, Inc. held its second annual weekend workshop series, where through the efforts of a number of preservation partners and volunteers, twenty-five of the stables were rehabilitated for use.  The City of Rocky Ford has made the restoration of the stables a top priority and has conducted subsequent community workdays to make and lay hundreds of traditionally formed adobe bricks.  The goal is to have all the stables fully operational once again able to house horses during the fair and special events.

The Stables were added to the National Register of Historic Places in December of 2007.

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