Strater Hotel designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries in honor of Louis L’Amour

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/20/2012


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing / Public Relations

United for Libraries (United)

800-545-2433 ext.2160

PHILADELPHIA — Room 222 of the Strater Hotel in Durango, Colo., was recently dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of Western author Louis L’Amour (1908-1988).

In addition to many other visits, for more than 10 years L'Amour, and often his family, spent the month of August staying in room 222 of the Strater Hotel. The room was directly above the Diamond Belle Saloon, where he said the sounds inspired him to write.

Guests at the Literary Landmark dedication, which took place Aug. 25, included Paula Wiseman and Wayne Bedor of the Friends of the Durango Public Library. L'Amour's widow, Kathy L'Amour, unveiled the plaque along with Strater co-owner and CEO Rod Barker. Following the dedication was the Strater Hotel's 125th birthday community party from 5 to 8 p.m. The party included live music by Blue Moon Ramblers and Wild Country, along with food, prizes and a birthday toast.

L'Amour left school in the 10th grade, but throughout his life he spent time in libraries and bookstores across the world. He won the Western Writers of America's Golden Spur Award, and in 1983 Congress awarded him the National Gold Medal, followed by the Medal of Freedom a year later. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages, and by 2000, 12 years after his death, more than 60 million copies of his books had been sold.

Partnering with United for Libraries for the dedication were Friends of the Durango Public Library, Rod and Laurie Barker, and the Strater Hotel.

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 120 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries.   More information is available on the United for Libraries website. 

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or