From Trail to Town

From Trail to Town (HM29PJ)

Location: Las Animas, CO 81054 Bent County
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N 38° 2.556', W 103° 12.697'

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Santa Fe National Historic Trail

—Boggsville Historic Site —

"...On crossing the river [Purgatoire] we found a large well-filled ranch...which had only just been built by two enterprising Yankees.:"
-William Bell, railroad surveyor, 1867

Boggsville was established in the early 1860s on the Mountain Route of the Santa Fe Trail. It functioned as a trading center and was in close proximity to Santa Fe Trail travel. Several prominent people associated with trail trade lived here. The Barlow & Sanderson Stage Company served nearby Las Animas City (1869-1873) until the Arkansas Valley Railway Company (an offshoot of the Kansas Pacific Railroad) arrived in 1873. Boggsville served as the first county seat of Bent County, and evolved into a farming and ranching community during the final years of active
ranching community during the final years of active Santa Fe Trail travel.

Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Starting in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail was a road of commerce and travel for traders moving both east and west between Missouri and Santa Fe. Even after the Mexican province of New Mexico was added to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican American War, the trail remained an international road (via El Camino Real to Mexico City) for freighting, stagecoach travel, and mail service. Eventually, long-distance travel on the trail was replaced by the railroad, which reached Santa Fe in 1880.

In 1987, Congress designated the Santa Fe Trail as a national historic trail to recognize its importance in our nation's history.

Boggsville Historic Site partners with the National Park Service to preserve trail resources for public enjoyment and education.
HM NumberHM29PJ
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Colorado Historical Society, Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County
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Date Added Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 656930 N 4212051
Decimal Degrees38.04260000, -103.21161667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.556', W 103° 12.697'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 33.36" N, 103° 12' 41.82" W
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Area Code(s)719
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 28000 CO-101, Las Animas CO 81054, US
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