• Interpretive Planning Workshop explores storytelling options for Boggsville

    December 21, 2015

    A lively group of 18 people participated in a two-day interpretive planning workshop for Boggsville led by Kim Sikoryak, a retired National Park Service chief of interpretation. The workshop drew participants from the National Trust, National Park Service, Forest Service and several universities as well as local stakeholders.

    In addition to helping to shape the main themes and storytelling strategies for this site, participants had a chance to weigh in on design options for a new entrance sign. During the first day of the workshop, the National Trust received the good news that a grant proposal to fund a field trip and interpretive sign design had been funded.

    Stay tuned for more updates on Boggsville in the new year!

  • Colorado Experience: Boggsville episode goes live!

    October 2, 2015

    Many thanks to Rocky Mountain PBS and History Colorado for their hard work in putting together a 30-minute episode about Boggsville for the Colorado Experience series. If you missed seeing the October 1st premiere on Rocky Mountain PBS, you can still view it online by clicking here.

    Rocky Mountain PBS’s description of this episode reads “Founded in 1866, Boggsville represented an eclectic mix of people and cultures – with Hispanic, Native American and European immigrants all calling it home. One of the first towns on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, Boggsville thrived due to early sheep and cattle ranching, and a booming trade business thanks to its proximity to the Santa Fe Trial. Examine the legacy of this early settlement and meet the colorful characters who built the once bustling town of Boggsville.”

    The National Trust’s own Barb Pahl, Vice President of Western Field Services is featured as one of the narrators sharing the fascinating history of this significant site. As Barb mentions in her closing remarks, “Part of what makes Boggsville so important to Colorado and to our nation is that it represents this early first generation settlement, and the cultures that exist in the state today that were living together there. We are a multicultural country. We always have been and we always will be.”

  • Grant Funds Signage and Landscaping Updates for Boggsville

    July 30, 2015

    Many thanks to Patsy McEntee at the Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance Program for helping to secure a $2,000 grant for sign and landscape improvements at Boggsville! This Partners in the Outdoors grant from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Partners will help to enhance the entrance to Boggsville with interpretation and visitor information.

    You can see where the new signage will be on this map.

  • Agritourism Workshop Discusses Potential Future of Boggsville

    April 24, 2015

    Las Animas, Colorado was the site for a day-long regional workshop on agritourism on Friday, April 17. The workshop was one of several agritourism workshops offered statewide. It was sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Office and included a lunchtime tour of Boggsville to learn more about the National Treasure designation and the strategic planning process that is currently underway.

    Participants learned more about ideas shared in the initial master plan for the site completed in 1990 and brainstormed agritourism possibilities for the future of the site. As noted in an article in the Bent County Democrat, Boggsville includes over a hundred acres of land along with water rights that are not currently being used.

    The discussions at this agritourism workshop will help to inform a planning workshop at Boggsville scheduled for this fall.

  • Colorado’s Boggsville Historic Site Named a National Treasure

    November 25, 2014

    On November 24, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Boggsville Historic Site in Bent County, Colo., a National Treasure. The Santa Fe Trail trading village is nationally significant because it is a microcosm of the 19th Century West—a grand experiment with a dynamic mixture of peoples and cultures, and a landscape on the brink of transformation.

    The National Trust and the local leadership team will consider the future of Boggsville over the next several months, culminating in a spring 2015 planning charette where the public will be invited to review and discuss the merits of each potential solution and begin to solidify the best approach for stakeholders and for the community. The planning effort is supported in part by a State Historical Fund grant from History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society.

    Read the full announcement here.

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