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“quick little dip in history”
Review of Boggsville

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Reviewed May 23, 2012

It's nice, quick little stop on a road trip. It will hold kids attention for a while.

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Reviewed January 31, 2012

Boggsville was home to Kit Carson and John Wesley Prowers and two homes have been restored. Work is still being done to locate remains of other buildings, but there is a good walking tour with documentation of what is know to have existed. Prowers County is named for Mr. Prowers.

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Reviewed July 15, 2011

I feel a little guilty writing such a negative review, because this historic site is being renovated locally and apparently privately, so I guess there are no government funds being used. But, perhaps someday this location will be worthy of a stop...it has potential...and dedicated history buffs may like it even now.

Boggsville is located on the banks of the Purgatoire River, just 2 miles south of Las Animas, off route 50, south on Colorado route 101. Indians once used this as campsite. The Spanish and Mexicans both controlled the area later. And then, White settlers arrived, attracted by the river (this was on the relatively arid Santa Fe Trail) and Old Bents Fort (which was in the general vicinity). This 1862 settlement was founded by Thomas Boggs (related to Daniel Boone). By 1866, Boggs had built a 9 room adobe house for his family. The real attraction here is that in 1867, frontiersman Kit Carson moved to Boggsville. Just a year laster, both he and his wife died at nearby Fort Lyon, which is now a state prison. Boggsville went on to become the county seat, although now there is little left except two historic houses. There are restrooms here, and a short loop walk along the river (which is rather swampy in this area). You can walk down the shady trail to near where the Kit Carson home WAS, and see a simple marker that tells you that he and his wife were once buried here. You can tour the two old houses. One thing that ruins this site is the old, run-down sheds that are in a shambles, right along the short trail. An eye sore really. Cleaning up the property would really help. I'm glad I stopped, but only because I would later wish I had if I hadn't. Again, if you're in the area and are a true history buff, okay, but otherwise you may wish to wait until the restoration is further along. Nevertheless, I give credit due to those who are taking on the challenge of privately restoring what will someday be an interesting historic attraction.

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