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Kit Carson

Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson
(December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868)
American Frontiersman

Place of birth: Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Place of death: Fort Lyon, Colorado, USA
Place of burial: Taos, New Mexico, USA



House of Kit Carson
Kit Carson's House in Taos, NM
August 1936
F. D. Nichols, Photographer

(Library of Congress)



Spouses:
Summer of 1835: Arapaho woman whose name, Waa-Nibe, "Singing Grass" , d. c. 1838-1840. 2 Children
1841: Cheyenne woman named "Making-Our-Road". She left him only a short time later to follow her tribe's migration.
Feb 6, 1843, married 3rd wife, 14 year old Josefa Jaramillo. They had eight children together


Military Service
Civil War: Union Soldier
Mexican-American War: *Battle of San Pasqual *Taos Massacre
Apache Wars: *Battle of Ojo Caliente Canyon
American Civil War: *Battle of Valverde
Navajo Wars
Texas-Indian Wars: *First Battle of Adobe Walls



Grave of Kit Carson

Gravemarker of Christopher (Kit) Carson reads:
"Kit Carson Died May TH/23 1868 Aged 59 Years." with dried wreath and flags, Taos, New Mexico.
Wood fence with sign reads: "Notice Any One Defacing This Stone Will Be Prosecuted To The Extreme Extent., G. S."
(Library of Congress)

Last stagecoach run by Kit Carson
1887
View of Kit Carson's last stagecoach run
Emma, Pitkin County, Colorado, shows a crowd around Kit Carson's stagecoaches and horse-drawn wagons, a balloon-stacked engine and freight car of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, foothills are in the background.
The town was named for Emma D. Garrison.
(Library of Congress)


Newspaper Stories


Ed Medcalf, old friend of Kit Carson, dies
Ed Medcalf, of near Wood's Chapel, had a very interesting career , according to J.D. Wilson of Paragould that left this memorandum given to the daily press. Ed Medcalf, who died at Wood's Chapel last Saturday night (June 19,1920).
Mr. Wilson had the following to say about the deceased:
"I consider Mr. Medcalf as one of our most distinguished pioneers . He was a personal friend of Kit Carson, and stayed with him at the fort established by Carson on the Arkansas river during the early history of our state. He told me that he was at El Paso when that city consisted of only eight or ten adobe houses.
He spent a number of years mining and prospecting in the west. He was intimately acquainted with Frank and Jesse James, the noted Missouri outlaws and spent some time with them in Missouri.
He frequently told me that Jesse James was not dead, but that the story of his murder at the hands of Bob Ford, was a pure invention for the purpose of permitting the notorious outlaw to escape. He also claimed to be a personal friend of Wild Bill and Buffalo Bill. Both Cody (Buffalo Bill) and Wild Bill have stayed at his father's inn, twelve miles west of Denver on numerous occasions.  He also asserted that Cody was not a man of nerve in the sense that he was generally credited with being, and that upon on occasion he saw Kit Carson throw him out of a salon in Denver.

[Wednesday June 23 ,1920 - the Paragould Soliphone - Transcribed by Tina Easley]

 

 




 


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