Kit Carson

Kit Carson

Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson (December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868) was an American frontiersman and Indian fighter. Carson left home in rural present-day Missouri at age 16 and became a mountain man and trapper in the West. Carson explored the west to California, and north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among and married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes. He was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide, and led 'the Pathfinder' through much of California, Oregon and the Great Basin area. He achieved national fame through Fremont's accounts of his expeditions. He became the hero of many dime novels.

Carson was a courier and scout during the Mexican-American war from 1846 to 1848, celebrated for his rescue mission after the Battle of San Pasqual and his coast-to-coast journey from California to deliver news of the war to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C.. In the 1850s, he was the Agent to the Ute and Jicarilla Apaches. In the Civil War he led a regiment of mostly Hispanic volunteers at the Battle of Valverde in 1862. He led armies to pacify the Navajo, Mescalero Apache, and the Kiowa and Comanche Indians. He is vilified for his conquest of the Navajo and their forced transfer to Bosque Redondo where many of them died. Breveted a general, he is probably the only American to reach such a high military rank without being able to read or write, although he could sign his name.

Kit Carson's alliterative name, adventurous life, and participation in a large number of historical events has made him a favorite subject of novelists, historians, and biographers.

Read more about Kit CarsonEarly Life, The Trapper Years (1829–1840), Guide With Frémont (1842–1846), Mexican-American War Service, Indian Activity, Civil War, Colorado, Reputation, Museums and Honors

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Kit Carson, Colorado - Demographics
... There were 113 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 41.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 25.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...
List Of Equestrian Statues In The United States - List - Colorado
... Palmer Denver Kit Carson, atop the Pioneer Monument, by Frederick MacMonnies, Civic Center Park, 1919 ... Carson Bronco Buster On the Warpath Julesburg Pony Express Rider, by Brenda Jean Daniher, Fort Sedgwick Museum, 2001 ... Pony Express Rider Trinidad Christopher "Kit" Carson, by Augustus Lukeman (Carson figure) and Frederick Roth (horse), Kit Carson Park, dedicated 1913 ...
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... Land Company) Kiryas Joel, New York – Joel Teitelbaum (rabbi of Satmar) Kit Carson, California and Kit Carson, Colorado – Kit Carson Kneeland, California – John A ...
The Adventures Of Kit Carson
... The Adventures of Kit Carson is an American Western series that aired in syndication from August 1951 to November 1955, originally sponsored by Coca-Cola ... It stars Bill Williams in the title role as frontier scout Christopher "Kit" Carson ... Don Diamond co-starred as "El Toro", Carson's Mexican companion ...

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