Kit Carson 2 LbNA # 26765
|Placed Date||Oct 29 2006|
Replaced container & log (10/11/08)
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 200 yards RT)
Status: reported missing (07/15/13)
SPECIAL THANKS TO LIONSMANE FOR HELPING TO PLACE THIS BOX.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ASTRO D FOR REPLACING THE CONTAINER & LOG.
In 1826, Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-1868) arrived in Taos. He had run away from an apprenticeship in Missouri to join a wagon train heading west on the Santa Fe Trail. Thus began one of the most exciting careers in the American West. Because of his remarkable facility for languages, Carson became a translator for a wagon train to Chihuahua. Shortly after, he became a trapper and mountain man, traveling extensively throughout the West. His real fame grew through serving as scout for the scientific and mapping expeditions of John C. Fremont. From 1854 until 1861, Carson served as an Indian Agent. In 1861, Carson began the final stage of his career as a military officer, first in the Civil War and later in the army campaigns of the Indian Wars. Kit Carson was truly one of America's great frontiersmen. In 1843, he purchased a large adobe house in Taos as a wedding present for his young bride, Maria Josefa Jaramillo. The house was to be Josefa and Kit's permanent home until their deaths in 1868. The Kit Carson Home and Museum today contains a portion of Carson's original home, including artifacts and exhibits illustrating his life in Taos. The Kit Carson Park Memorial Cemetery, where he and his wife are buried, is also nearby. It has picnic tables, a playground, tennis courts, volleyball and walking trails, along with this microbox. This box is in a new location with a different stamp from the first one that went missing, so consider it a new find.
Kit Carson Park is located north of Taos Plaza on the east side of Hwy. 64. Park by the playground.
From the playground, walk south about 100 yards to the cemetery and find the grave of Kit Carson. Looking at Kit's tombstone you will see two trees not far apart from each other directly behind the family plot. Behind these trees is a multi-trunked tree at the fence line. The microbox is hidden in the middle of this tree covered with a chunk of cement. Please re-cover well.