Monte Vista

                                            Monte Vista street scene - 1920 - (

                                                        Above photo from:

Monte Vista – Spanish for Mountain View-- is a historic, lively city located in the heart of the San Luis Valley. In every direction
you look, you are surrounded by Colorado’s magnificent  mountains -- some of which peak at 14,000 feet!

During the summer of 1881, when the railroad was extended from Alamosa to Del Norte, a watering tank was established on a
siding where Monte Vista now stands. This was known as the Lariat siding, and it was here that Lillian Fassett opened the first
store in what was to become Monte Vista.

In July of 1882 the original townsite was platted and called Lariat. On May 1, 1884, the town was renamed Henry in honor of its
promoter, T.C. Henry. The town was renamed Monte Vista in 1886 when it was incorporated.

The first meeting of the town board was on October 2, 1886 with its first mayor, Charles S. Fassett, presiding. In February of 1913
Monte Vista was organized as a city of the second class. In April of 1922 Monte Vistans adopted a city home-rule charter and the
city manager form of government under which the municipality still operates today.

Monte Vista is Rio Grande County's largest community situated on the valley floor. “Monte” as most people call it is the center of
the agricultural aspect of the county. There are numerous festivals, events, and clubs that take place in and around Monte Vista,
and the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a stop for migratory Sand Hill Cranes every year.


City recruiting scare site participants for 'Haunted Hospital'

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, 2008

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Haunted
Hospital this year, called “No Mercy General Hospital.”

The haunted hospital will take place in the unused part of City Hall, which, as you may or may not know, used to be an old
hospital. It is rumored that there are still spirits of the long departed that lurk the darkened halls.

Join us for a two-day scare fest, as we give the Valley something to scream about. We are looking for groups of friends, clubs, or
other organizations to participate by setting up scare sites.

If you dare to participate, your group will be competing to create the best scare site along the route of the haunted hospital. The
Parks and Recreation Department will decorate the entry, waiting room, hallways and other areas. Participating groups will be
responsible for setting up a scare site that goes along with the theme of the event, including props, costumes, etc. Participants
going through the haunted hospital will vote for their favorite sites, and the top three winning sites will receive cash prizes.

The event is open to any group in the San Luis Valley. If you are interested in participating, there will be an organizational
meeting on Wednesday, September 10 at 6 p.m. at Monte Vista City Hall, 4 Chico Camino. While the meeting is not mandatory,
groups will choose their theme, get helpful tips, and take a tour of the area. Themes and rooms are on a first-come basis. There
are only 12 available scare sites, so make sure at least one person from your group can attend.

No Mercy General Hospital will take place on Halloween night (Friday, October 31) from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 1
from 7 to 11 p.m.

For more information, call Parks and Recreation Director Michael Bork at (719) 852-2692 or visit


Tickets on sale for 'No Mercy General Hospital'

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2008

MONTE VISTA — Halloween is fast approaching, and with this spooky holiday comes the best haunted house in the San Luis

No Mercy General Hospital will be held at Monte Vista City Hall from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31st, 2008 and from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1st, 2008. City Hall is located at the corner of Highway 160 and Chico Camino (across the street from ALCO).

City Hall was once an old hospital, but it is not common knowledge that there are documented cases of haunting in its halls
and rooms. Could these ghosts be spirits of departed employees? Are they patients who checked in but never checked out?
What really happened when the hospital closed its doors? To find these answers, tour through the old, dilapidated hospital
and view the morgue, psych ward, pediatrics wing, cafeteria and more. You may even witness a séance to call forth the
lingering spirits. You never know what will happen, but you can bet it will be scary!

Tickets are on sale now at Monte Vista City Hall, the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce and Johnny B. Good’s. You can also
purchase your tickets online by going to Cost is only $6 if you purchase your tickets before the event, and
$8 at the door. As an added bonus, if you wear your wristband from Friday night, you can get in Saturday for only $4.

WARNING! No Mercy General Hospital is not intended for young children. It features graphic special effects. Parental discretion is
suggested for children under 12 years of age.

                                                         2008 haunted hospital event poster

                             Above 2008 event poster from:

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