1912 Jail

1912 Jail 325 Amb Thompson Blvd Las Animas, CO 81054


The unique Bent County jail was built in 1912 at a cost of $8,478.00. It is located north of the Bent Co. Courthouse on Highway 50. The downstairs contained the residential quarters for the sheriff and family. A separate entrance led to the jail proper located on the second floor. Curtis Gates, aka Ken Curtis and Festus of the popular TV series Gunsmoke, was among the many who lived in the jail. Curtis grew up in Bent Co and his father, Dan Gates, was sheriff for six years.

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Bent’s Old Fort

Bent’s Old Fort National Park Service 35110 Highway 194 East La Junta, Colorado 81050

Phone: 719-383-5010

Fax: 719-383-2129

Email: http://www.nps.gov/beol

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Boggsville Museum

Boggsville Museum P.O. Box 68 Las Animas, CO 81054

Phone: 719-456-1358

Founded in 1862, Boggsville is located on the Purgatoire River, two mile south of Las Animas on Colorado Hwy. 101. The museum is open all year round. From May 1st to September 30th the museum is open from 10:00AM – 4:00PM, 7 days a week or if the weather remains pleasant, through October. For more information contact Richard Carrillo.

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Comanche National Grasslands

Comanche National Grasslands 1420 E 3rd St La Junta, CO 81050

Phone: 719-384-2181

Fax: 719-384-7647

Email: coquist@fs.fed.us

Open 8:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Comanche National Grasslands government-visitor information, recreation, hunting, tours into Picketwire Canyonland. During tours, knowledgeable guides will show you dinosaur tracks and interesting prehistoric, historic and natural features of the canyons. Reservations and a fee are required. For more information call the district Office.

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Kit Carson Chapel/Ft. Lyon Cemetery

Kit Carson Chapel/ Ft. Lyon Cemetery 15700 Rd. HH Las Animas, CO 81054



Open to the public Monday – Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM. Lane Brundage, Care Taker.