Kit Carson Home & Museum

Step Back Into The 1850s at Taos' Oldest Museum

Timeline of Kit Carson's Life
By Bro Tracy McCallum, 2010

1809
Born in Madison County Kentucky, the 9th of 14 children. Family moves to Boone's Lick, Missouri soon after.

1823
Apprenticed to a Saddle Maker in St. Louis, Missouri.

1826

Joined a wagon train heading west on the Santa Fe Trail. Came to Taos and hired on as an errand boy, harness repairman and cook. Hired as a wagon train drover to Mexico and back.

1828
Hired as a trapper on an expedition to California. Spent next 12 years as a trapper & mountain man, using Taos as a base camp.

1835
Married Wa Ni Beh, Arapaho women, fathered two children with her. She died of childbirth complications after the 2nd delivery.

1841
Moved to Bent's Fort in Colorado, was a hunter for the fort.

1842


Youngest daughter dies, he marries Making-Out Road,
a Cheyenne woman. Marriage ends in divorce. Takes his older daughter Adeline, daughter of Wa Ni Beh, to St. Louis to be
raised by his sister and attend Catholic school.

1843


On the return trip to Taos, meets John Charles Fremont, explorer. Meets Josefa Jaramillo and marries her. Purchases
3-room home (now Kit Carson Home & Museum). Makes several expeditions with Fremont over the next several years.

1846

Mexican-American war breaks out. Leads General Kearney and his troops from Socorro NM to San Diego. At end of war, settles down to ranching in Taos.

1851
Oldest daughter Adeline returns from St. Louis to join new family.

1853

Carson & Lucien Maxwell drive a large flock of sheep to California. He and Josefa ransom 3 captive Navajo children & raise them as part of their family.

1854
Becomes a Mason and becomes a member of Montezuma Lodge 1 in Santa Fe

1856
Becomes Federal agent to the Ute & Taos Pueblo tribes.

1860
Petitions for a Charter to establish Masonic Lodge in Taos with Ceran St. Vrain, Ferdinand Maxwell, Peter Joseph and John C. Francisco. Charter was granted on June 1, 1860 to Bent Lodge 204.

1862
Organizes New Mexico volunteer brigade in Civil War mobilization. Sees action at Valverde and Glorietta Pass.

1863
Campaigns against the Navajo, forcing them into surrender. Refuses a direct order to march them to Fort Sumner.

1865
Commissioned as Brigadier General.

1866
Expands ranching business to Colorado, takes command
of Fort Garland.

1867
Ill health forces him to resign from Army.

1868


Moves to Boggsville, Colorado with family. Josefa dies of childbirth complications, and Carson dies one month later of aortic aneurism. Children raised and educated by his brother-in-law Thomas Boggs.

1869
Bodies of Carson & Josefa moved to Taos, NM and interred near their Taos home. Graves are located in Kit Carson Park, Taos.
 

 

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113 Kit Carson Road - Taos, New Mexico 87571