History of the Limon Area
Limon is a town in Lincoln County, Colorado, United States, named for John Limon (or Lymon), railroad construction supervisor. The population was 2,071 at the 2000 census. Limon is known as the "Hub City" of Eastern Colorado as Interstate 70, U.S. Routes 24, 71, 40, and 287 all cross paths here. The Limon Correctional Facility is part of the Colorado Department of Corrections system and is a major employer in the area with employment of roughly 350. The local Limon High School Football team is highly regarded and respected throughout the area, providing a sense of local pride with their dominance of 1A Football. Under the leadership of Coach Lloyd Gaskill the Limon Badgers won 10 state championships compiling a record of 236-52-8 under his tenure. In 1969 the local Football field was renamed as "Lloyd E. Gaskill Field," in his honor. In 1992, Lloyd was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.
This eastern Colorado town has roots in the railroad. In 1888, Limon got its start as a work camp for the new Chicago and Rock Island rail line, destined to run from Kansas to Colorado Springs. Limon was named after one of the railroad's original construction foreman. The centrally located city grew quickly, and today remains true to its nickname, Hub City. Five highways intersect here, and Limon lies about equidistant from Denver and Colorado Springs.
Much of Limon's history is preserved at the Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park. Here visitors can learn about traditional farm equipment or wander through a historic train depot, one-room schoolhouse, vintage dining rail car and Native American teepee. From railroads to ranches, the heritage museum memorializes a bygone era on the High Plains.
Downtown was rebuilt after a destructive tornado swept the town in 1990. Present-day Limon features landscaped streets with gift boutiques, antique shops, a city park, and an urban fishing pond. A walking path also meanders from downtown to a wetlands area, a popular spot for bird watching. Favorite downtown eateries include a friendly grill that serves up hearty steaks and a hometown café with great homemade food. With over 350 motel rooms, Limon is also a convenient place for an overnight rest stop.
June 6th 1990
The Limon Tornado, an F3 touched down west of Limon near Matheson (about 16 miles away) and it tore through the fields and devastated the city injuring 14 people. Governor Roy Romer declared Limon a disaster area.
March 15th 2011
Jay Sheridan, an officer with Limon Police Department, was killed Wednesday, March 9th in the line of duty protecting our community, he was laid to rest on March 15th, 2011. It is a loss deeply felt by fellow officers, town employees and the community in general. Please keep Jay’s wife and family and others involved in your prayers.
Thank you to all the agencies that assisted on Wednesday night and that continue to assist with public safety operations in Limon.
Please take a moment and remember our public safety officials across our state and nation; be they police, sheriffs, state patrol, marshals, and military or corrections officers. Our public safety officials face dangers every day. We thank them for their service.
The Jay Sheridan Memorial Fund has been established at the First National Bank of Hugo-Limon, P.O. Box 1270, Limon CO 80828, for further information contact 719.775.8882.
The Limon Chamber of Commerce presenting Thank You Cards to some of the supporting agencies.
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