Upcoming events!

Get prepared for the most awesome fun for the next few months.

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All Call for John Flinn Art Work

We are currently trying to locate any John Flinn artwork.

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Field Trip

Schedule of upcoming field trips

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Geo Caching

Do you love a good and challenging treasure hunt?

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Mr. Paul Raymond Samuelson Jr.

We are sorry to say that we have lost one of our finest friend and supporters of our museum. Mr. Paul Raymond Samuelson Jr.

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Richard Carrillo Award Acceptance speech

Congratulations to Richard Carrillo on his awesome award

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New hours at the John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum.

Hour Change

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Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting This was a fun and informative evening. Wish you all could have been there!

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Storytlling Session January 15th, 1;00-2:30 PM

This sounds like a fun thing. This invite is out to all Board Members and anyone else who has an interesting story to tell about Boggsville.

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Christmas Toy Show

Come one Come all and see the toy collections at the Museum before they are gone!

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Welcome to Boggsville

Welcome to Boggsville

Bent County, where Boggsville is located, is rich in history and wildlife. According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, there are 675 bird species in the North America. CO ranks 5th largest area for bird species in the US with 470 bird species. Bent County has 372 bird species with 400 species in the Southeast CO region, including rare species such as the Black Rail and the Piping Plover. According to birders, Southeast CO is considered an Important Birding Area. The Fall season is an exceptional time to visit with the changing colors of the Cottonwood Trees and the migrating birds.

About Boggsville

About Boggsville

Boggsville has an interpretive plan that provides interpretive displays at designated locations along a self-guided trail.

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Location, Location, Location:

Location, Location, Location:

Boggsville is located in Bent County in southeastern Colorado. It was one of the first European-American settlements in the area, founded by Thomas Boggs and John Prowers. It was the location where the famous explorer, Kit Carson, spent his final days. The present location is home to the reconstructed homes of both Boggs and Prowers. There is an interpretive trail that encompasses the two home sites and living history programs that, during the tourist season (May-October), re-create the life and times of the 1860s.

The Prowers House

The Prowers House

The Prowers House began construction in 1867, with the final south addition being completed in 1869. When finished, it became a fourteen room, two story, "U" shaped adobe structure with a courtyard facing east and the main entry facing south. The courtyard orientation has been attributed to the fact that John Prowers' wife, Amache Prowers was the daughter of One Eye or Ochinee (a sub-chief of the southern Cheyenne), and in her culture, the house would have faced east, to greet the rising sun.

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Kit Carson's Home

Kit Carson's Home

Historical archaeology plays a vital role in the accurate redevelopment and interpretation of the historic site. The archaeological excavations that have been conducted beginning in 1989 have revealed the subsurface remains of the west and north wings of the Prowers House, the first schoolhouse in Bent County constructed in 1871, the Boggsville Branch of the Santa Fe Trail and test excavations in an attempt to reveal evidence of Kit Carson's home.

The Boggs House

The Boggs House

The house was the home of Thomas O. Boggs and his family from 1866 to 1877.

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Amache Ochinee Prowers

Amache Ochinee Prowers

Her name, Amache Ochinee Prowers reflects the worlds of her life, the daughter of a Cheyenne sub chief and the Victorian life with her marriage to John Prowers where some chose to call her Amy. Being Cheyenne and marrying outside the tribe was difficult and painful when in 1864 her father was murdered at the Massacre by Sand Creek. On this day, November 29, 1864, 675 U.S. volunteers, led by Colonel John Chivington, launched a dawn attack on the village of Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.