La Junta Heritage Center (La Junta) plans to preserve the rich cultural heritage, art, and history of West Texas. It will do this by providing a site for art education and artists-in-residence, a museum featuring western painting inspired by the region, and restored adobe architecture that originally served as the region’s trading depot in the late 1800s.
The site features a graveyard where Spaniards and Native American remains are commingled, buried throughout the last two centuries. The land is steeped in history. Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca crossed into the American West at this very site in 1529.
As a site for art education, La Junta offers creative inspiration in the nuanced browns, blues, and pastels of West Texas, the silhouettes of the Sierra Madres, the winding ocotillos and prickly pear cactuses scattered throughout the land, and the unique combination of Texas and Mexican architecture.
Prioritizing the preservation of the region’s culture is inspired by the artist, writer, cowboy sage, and visionary who lived and died on this very plot of land, spent his life in the region, and impacted nearly everyone he met – A. Kelly Pruitt.