The History of Bent County

by Charles W. Bowman

HISTORY

OF THE

ARKANSAS VALLEY

COLORADO


ILLUSTRATED


CHICAGO

O.L. BASKIN & CO., HISTORICAL PUBLISHERS


186 Dearborn Street

1881
O.L. BASKIN                            NELSON MILLETT

T
he information on this site was taken from the book "History of the Arkansas Valley", published by O.L. Baskin & Co. in 1881. This history pertains only to the portion of the book covering Bent County, and was written by Charles W. Bowman, editor and proprietor of the West Las Animas Leader, a paper he founded in 1873. When Charles wrote this history Bent County was a very large county, encompassing portions or all of what is now Prowers, Bent, Otero, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln and Crowley Counties. You are welcome to read the entire history by clicking on "Next Page" or in sections by navigating the index.

Chapter I - Geography
Chapter II - The Beginners
Chapter III - Other Pioneers - The Indians and the Military
Chapter IV - Kit Carson
Chapter V - Las Animas Grant
Chapter VI - The Sand Creek Massacre
Chapter VII - Events of 1865 - 1868
Chapter VIII - New Towns and Railroads
Chapter IX - Fragments
Biographical

Book Beginning