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 & 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 lodgings. 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 birdwatching. Or indulge in buttery popcorn and a flick at the historical Lincoln Theatre, which has operated continuously since 1938.
With several downtown eateries and more than 350 motel rooms, Limon is also a convenient place for an overnight rest stop.