Joella Baumann

Historic Lamar Train Depot

How A ‘Stolen’ Train Depot Became The Heart Of Lamar

The century-old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe train depot in Lamar, Colorado is a tourist attraction and a testament to the town’s history. But until this year, it wasn’t actually recognized as a historic place. CPR’s Joella Baumann looked into why, and discovered that the depot plays a unique role in how Lamar was founded.

Meet Velveta Howell, A 2020 Colorado Women’s Hall Of Fame Inductee

The latest inductees to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame are a diverse bunch: a frontier doctor, civil rights activists, lawyers, and a restaurant owner. One of them, Velveta Howell, has been a life-long champion for social justice. As a criminal prosecutor she broke down barriers for women, especially women of color. One of her many achievements: she was the first woman of color appointed as Colorado’s Deputy District Attorney. Howell spoke with CPR’s Avery Lill about her childhood in segregated Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 1963, she said, was pivotal.

Meet The Colorado Artist Who Paints The Presidents

A portrait of President Donald Trump has joined those of past presidents in the Colorado Capitol rotunda. Pranksters highlighted the absence of a Trump portrait last summer when they hung a portrait of Vladimir Putin in the vacant space. Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham then started a crowdfunding campaign and raised $11,000 to pay for a portrait of Trump. Sarah Boardman, an artist from Colorado Springs, won the commission. She also painted Colorado’s portrait of former President Barack Obama.