The Rose Lueras Story
Construction for Lafayette’s first swimming pool began in 1933 on the site of the current Bob L. Burger Recreation Center. When project funds ran short, the community, including many Latinx families, came together with donations to help. Upon the pool opening in July of 1934, a sign was posted that read “White Trade Only,” denying access to residents of Latino descent. Among those prohibited were Rose Lueras and her daughter Rosabelle Lueras fought back, and along with 25 other residents, filed suit against the City.
Terrorized by the KKK, who were very active in Lafayette and Boulder County at the time, Lueras was driven from town. She moved to California where, sadly, she was struck by a car and died before the case could be heard in the Colorado Supreme Court. After her mother’s death, 13-year-old Rosabelle returned to Colorado and testified on her mother’s behalf. The court ruled against the Latinx families and the city shuttered the pool.
Local resident, Frank Archuleta, brought Rose's story to the City's Human Rights Commission who in turn asked City Council to rename the pool in recognition of the Lueras family's struggle and bravery. Council issued a formal apology and proclamation naming the pool on Nov. 4.