Boggsville Historic Site

Santa Fe National Historic Trail


Ranching. Farming. It’s a southeastern Colorado way of life. A way of living that owes much to the arrival 150 years ago of two families to this one place on the Santa Fe Trail.

Richard Carrillo Historical Archaeologist This is kind of the first settlement in southeastern Colorado where you had people coming here; you had people building a life.

It was the women of these families who owned this land, along the Purgatoire River. Romaldo Luna Boggs came from the influential Jaramillo family of Taos. Her husband Thomas’s sheep operation on Romaldo’s Arkansas Valley Land was the beginning of a new way of life here. Native Cheyenne Amache Prowers, and her husband John, raised cattle here on Amache’s land to the north. They called their growing settlement Boggsville.

From these beginnings the cattle and sheep industries flourished. More people travelled to Boggsville, including Josefa Carson and her now legendary husband, Kit, who made Boggsville the site of their final home.

Richard Carrillo This whole area is considered a borderlands, where you have different cultures coming together interacting and it still pretty much continues today.

Boggsville, it’s the story of the beginnings of a southeastern Colorado agricultural tradition, one that continues to this day. Come, explore the Boggs and Prowers homes.

Boggsville Historic Site. Experience it for yourself.


When the fur trade declined in the 1840-50s, trappers and traders turned to raising livestock. Founded in 1862 along the Santa Fe Trail, Boggsville became the center of commerce and agriculture for the region. Visit in the summer for Old West reenactments.


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Southeast Colorado Regional Heritage Task Force

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