Karin Adams of United Country Real Estate is celebrating more than 50 years as a real estate agent in the Salida area.

Originally from Connecticut, Adams moved to Salida in 1968 after visiting her sister in Leadville.

She decided to go into real estate after reading a pamphlet at a stock show. At first, she partnered with United before eventually buying them out.

Adams has mostly focused on ranches and commercial real estate in her career. She said she has sold Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort twice, the Monarch Lodge (“that was a chapter in itself”) and Salida SteamPlant.

She said she’s still in the real estate game because she likes the challenge of finding solutions, and every piece of property is different.

Along the way, Adams raised two kids, a son and a daughter, and they both stayed in the family business. Son Doug is the chief operating officer of United Country, and daughter Tracy works in the Salida office.

Adams has been active in the community, including the chamber of commerce and local politics.

“If you’re in business you better be in politics,” she said.

Since she moved to the valley, Adams has seen the area grow substantially. She said when she moved here, there were two stoplights in the county, and now there are eight.

She said with growth comes growing pains such as increased traffic, but the area is on the map now.

Adams said she has traveled all around the state selling real estate, but there’s nothing like coming back to the Arkansas Valley.

“It is just a special place,” she said. “It’s a big playground.”

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