Category Archives: Historic

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.

Boggsville Historic Site

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.

Comanche National Grasslands

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

Phone: 719-384-2181

Fax: 719-384-7647


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.