| NAME: Boggsville
CLIMATE: Cold winter with some snow, cool summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime
Boggsville is now classified as an Historic
Site and you can get additional information by contacting the Friends of
Boggsville, P.O. Box 68, Las Animas, CO 81054. It is located on the west
bank of the Purgatorie River two miles south of the present day town of
Las Animas on Colorado Highway 101. Just a few miles to the east is the
John Martin Reservoir Recreation Area where you will find plenty of camping
and all of the water sports you can think of. A few miles south and east
is the David Harbour Dinasaur site which was just found two years ago. Bents
Fort is also a few miles to the west and well worth the trip.
REMAINS: A few buildings and old foundations. Some of the buildings are being restored and more are going to be rebuilt.
|Boggsville was founded in 1862 by Thomas O. Boggs and his wife Rumalda Luna Bent, the stepdaughter of Charles Bent. William Bent lived on his ranch located north of Boggsville that he established in 1858. In 1867 Boggs was joined by John Prowers and his brother-in-law, John Hough. Both Boggs and Prowers worked for the Bent brothers and Ceran St. Vrain in their trading enterprises at Bent's Old Fort and in Taos, New Mexico. In 1867, the famous frontiersman, Kit Carson moved to Boggsville, which was his last home before he died in 1868 at Fort Lyon. The diverse cultural groups that comprised Boggsville included Americans, New Mexicans, Native Americans. As a major site on the Boggsville Branch of ther Santa Fe Trail during the 1860's, Boggsville served as the nucleus of permanent settlement of the Arkansas Valley and southeastern Colorado. Between 1863 and 1873 Boggsville became the regional center for agriculture, government ( it was the first county seat of Bent County created in 1870 in the Colorado Territory and encompassed approximately 9,000 square miles. Boggsville had a trading house and a stage stop and also had the first school in Bent County. During its prominent period more than 20 structures we located in town. Submitted by: Jay S. Warburton||