San Luis is the oldest town in Colorado. In San Luis is R&R Market, which is the oldest continuously operating family business in Colorado. Join us at this website as we celebrate over 150 years of business at the
R&R Market. This website may have other information regarding the town of San Luis.
Affiliated Foods Inc. Presented Felix and Claudia Romero with this beautiful award at the March 2007 AFI Stockholders meeting held in Texas. The award was given to congratulate them on the 150th Anniversary of the Store.
Joyce Gallegos-Romero, partner in the store is pictured with her son Felix and Claudia Romero.
Sponsored by: Non-profit Costilla County Economic Development Council
The number of small businesses that fail in their first few years of operation is staggering.If a business can stay open for 25 years, it is considered a great success.Imagine a small, family-run grocery store celebrating its 150th year in business! In 1857 Dario Gallegos, one of the early settlers in Colorado, started a mercantile business in San Luis.The store quickly became a hub of the community.Despite two devastating fires and economic hardship in Costilla County, one of the poorest counties in the state, the store has remained opened and operated by the direct descendants of Dario Gallegos for one hundred and fifty years!
R&R Market is currently owned and operated by Felix G. Romero, Dario’s great-great-grandson, and it is now the oldest continuous business inColorado, located in the oldest town in the state. On June 30, 2007 the people of San Luis will celebrate this great achievement in Colorado history.The historical town celebration will include: a historical presentation, a chili cook-off, poster and color contest for the students of San Luis, cultural music by “Mariachi San Luis” an art fair presented by local traditional and contemporary artists.
We need support to help sponsor a memorable anniversary event.This is an opportunity for you, your organization or your company to be recognized as a community supporter of something truly remarkable.All sponsor donations and contributions will be listed in an event publication and posted on the “San Luis Cultural Preservation Fund” website.
This fund is being sponsored by the Costilla County Economic Development Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.Every penny left over from the 150th anniversary event will be used to preserve the culture, history, and land in San Luis.
Thank you for your support and consideration in what will be an exciting and proud day for the people of San Luis, the San Luis Valley and the state of Colorado.
All contributions should be sent to:
“San Luis Cultural Preservation Fund”
P.O. Box 422, San Luis, CO. 81152
Please contact me to further discuss how your business or organization can participate in supporting this event.I can be reached at 303-482-1607 or Lennellg@hotmail.com
Lennell Gallegos-Ramos (Great-great-granddaughter of Dario Gallegos)
The nine-foot by twelve- foot tapestry in the Colorado State Capitol honors the women who were integral in the settlement and development of Colorado.
The tapestry was made to commemorate the state's centennial and the country's bicentennial in 1976.
The title "Women's Gold" alludes to the yellow roses found in the mining camps.
The words on the parameter of the tapestry are "America the Beautiful", written by Kathryn Lee Bates when she was on top of Pikes Peak.
The massive project incorporated hand-stitched embroidery and applique on Irish linen, took over 4,500 hours to complete, 1,600 expert artisans, 1,800 amateurs and imported skilled artisans from thirty eight states and nine countries. (Info from State Capitol brochure and Colorado State website).