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El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District

Added by yongli on 03/15/2016 - 15:22, last changed on 09/04/2021 - 12:18
El Corazon de Trinidad (“the heart of Trinidad”) National Historic District covers a particularly well-preserved portion of downtown Trinidad that includes many blocks of adobe and brick buildings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Established in 1861 along the Santa Fé Trail...

Fishers Peak State Park

Added by yongli on 06/13/2022 - 15:31, last changed on 06/13/2022 - 18:06
Established in 2019 as Colorado’s forty-second state park, Fishers Peak State Park covers 19,200 acres south of Trinidad near the New Mexico border. The mountainous area includes a cluster of hills and mesas that give way to the Colorado plains to the north and Raton Pass , a historic gateway to...

Huerfano County

Added by yongli on 01/31/2017 - 12:36, last changed on 08/26/2022 - 19:54
Huerfano County, named for the Spanish word for “orphan,” covers 1,750 square miles in south central Colorado, east of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and south of the Wet Mountain Valley . The southern part of Huerfano County is part of the Raton Basin, a geological formation that has produced...

Kit Carson

Added by yongli on 03/14/2016 - 14:16, last changed on 08/18/2022 - 16:42
The life of Christopher “Kit” Carson (1809–68) represents a broad sweep of Western American history in the early-to-mid nineteenth century. Carson was a Rocky Mountain fur trapper , a guide and scout for the US Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, rancher, Indian agent in New Mexico and Colorado...

Raton Pass

Added by yongli on 10/27/2016 - 16:20, last changed on 08/14/2022 - 20:10
At an elevation of 7,798 feet in the Raton Range on the border between Colorado and New Mexico, Raton Pass has served as an important transportation corridor since at least the start of the Santa Fé Trail in 1821. Despite being on the less popular Mountain Branch of the Santa Fé Trail, the pass has...

Santa Fé Trail

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 11:11, last changed on 05/11/2020 - 12:49
The Santa Fé Trail was an international overland route of both commerce and social interaction, joining the US prairie state of Missouri with the province of México Nuevo, Mexico, through much of the nineteenth century. Though its specific date of origin is unclear, it appears to have been the...

The Civil War in Colorado

Added by yongli on 09/13/2022 - 14:14, last changed on 09/13/2022 - 14:18
Colorado’s role in the American Civil War (1861–65) was part of a broader geopolitical contest: control of the American Southwest. The war began in 1861, just two years after the Colorado Gold Rush and mere months after Congress established the Colorado Territory . Although the territory was...

William Bent

Added by yongli on 12/29/2015 - 11:23, last changed on 08/10/2022 - 08:08
William Bent (1809–69) played a pivotal role in the early development of Colorado. He initially came to the area as a fur trapper but became a liaison between whites and Native Americans via his trading fort on the Arkansas River near present-day La Junta . The Santa Fé Trail was the strategic...
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