Not sure if it’s been heard around the world, yet, but there was definitely a loud “Yee HAH” sounded in southeastern Colorado when news was released that local boy, Doug Thrall and a group of investors has purchased the Cow Palace Inn. Back in the 1970′s it was a national thrill to be asked, “Isn’t Lamar where they’re building that big convention center on the prairie?” as we traveled to various parts of the country.
Dave Eddleman sparked a lot of interest in the prairies of Eastern Colorado as he built the “Hottest Spot” in five states near the Kansas border on the Arkansas River, right here in Lamar, Colorado in the early 1970′s. Convention-ers from all over the country planned events for the Tropical Gardens located under the aqua sky-lights along the Santa Fe Trail. Even the four hour drive after their plane landed in Denver didn’t deter companies from scheduling long weekend events in the adobe built structure affectionately known as The Cow Barn to locals.
Thrall, raised 17 miles east of Lamar, in Granada, Colorado, promises to return the massive Palace to her original glory and invite wedding participants, convention attendees and other celebrations to enjoy the courtyard under new copper-colored roofing material. Renovation plans include all new furniture, bedding and decor for the gracious rooms of the hotel, full service staff, including bellhops and expanded access to the courtyard with all new surfacing. The site will have a full venue restaurant, serving 3 meals all day long.
By early September, Thrall indicated a full scale auction of all current and stored furnishings is planned. If you’re interested in owning a piece of the original Cow Palace Inn, now’s your chance. Stay tuned to The Prowers Journal for more information.