Boggsville: The National Trust’s Newest “National Treasure”

The Prowers House (home of Colorado's first big cattle baron and his Cheyenne wife. Also area's first school, county offices, etc.)

The Prowers House (home of Colorado’s first big cattle baron and his Cheyenne wife. Also area’s first school, county offices, etc.)

Offers Window into Pivotal Time in American History

By Rebecca Atkinson, Director, Boggsville Historic Site, Las Animas, Colorado
                What does the 1860’s market village of Boggsville near Las Animas, Colorado, have in common with a Frank Lloyd Wright house, an Acoma Village, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, James Madison’s Montpelier, and the African Meeting House in Boston? Boggsville is the newest addition to the small group of historic places to be declared a “National Treasure” by the National Trust.  Announced just before the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, with which it is connected, Boggsville has been recognized as so important to the American narrative that it must be saved for future generations. Thus the remaining two adobe mansions at this first non-fortified settlement in Territorial Colorado; the birth place of the ranching, produce, and hay  industries;  the last home of Kit and Josepha Carson and neighboring rancher William Bent,  is now considered one of America’s most endangered historic places.
You can learn why Boggsville was chosen for this important designation at www.savingplaces.org. You can also see a slideshow tour of the site, tell your “story” of why Boggsville is important, or even donate to its preservation or to one of the other “National Treasures” featured there.
The Boggs House (home of Rumalda Luna Boggs on whose spanish land grant the village sat.)

The Boggs House (home of Rumalda Luna Boggs on whose spanish land grant the village sat.)

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