What do first-time visitors wonder about Durango as they wander about town?
They ask or say “It’s just a cowboy town.” But what about the cowboy poets? As visitors become better acquainted with town, they discover that this village is much more than expected.
Musical groups that are world-class that sing at the Kennedy Center in New York City, and a group called Hawkapella that sings in the Czech Republic. And it’s a caring community with at least 100 non-profits. In fact, the Community Foundation has received $416,000 to fund emergency relief.
Then there’s the college.
Fort Lewis College, that provides scholarships to young people who never dreamed that there would be a life after high school.
Even dogs and cats find homes after our citizens check out animals that are available at the La Plata County Humane Society.
Finding a restaurant that becomes a favorite is a piece of cake. Francisco’s, an old favorite, is reopening under the ownership of the family that originally opened the restaurant.
Oscar’s features a train that circuits the ceiling. And then there’s Sizzling Siam, the Thai restaurant that offers Pad Pak, Pad Kee Mao, and Larb Nha.
And when a young man goes off to college, his mother tells him, “Albert, don’t forget to look at the roses.”
So you can call Durango a community with a heart, a compassionate town that cares.