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Roger That! THE CITY OF BETHLEHEM

DID YOU KNOW?

For the past 68 years the Raton Lions Club has braved the elements and climbed the hills in Climax Canyon to put up the “City of Bethlehem” display for all to see.

Originally started as a small Nativity scene placed on the Court House lawn in 1946. The praise and response to this small scene was so great that in 1947 a large Nativity scene was constructed and erected in Climax Canyon and displayed by flood lights. By 1948 additional scenes were constructed and set up in the canyon. The “City of Bethlehem” now consists of eighteen different sequence sets and is lighted annually each night through New Year’s and is viewed by thousands of people each year.

The City of Bethlehem in Climax Canyon

WHAT IS ROGER THAT?

Roger Sanchez has been apart of the Raton Museum family for over 20 years. His knowledge of Raton, Colfax County and the surrounding area has been a great asset to not only The Raton Museum but also to the thousands of visitors he has greeted at the Museum over the years.

Roger wants to share more of his knowledge with you! “ROGER THAT” is a series of posts featuring fun facts, history and trivia about Raton and the surrounding area. Please check back for new installments of ROGER THAT!