History: the Kiowa County Fair – stilling going strong after 97 years

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As you enjoy everything the annual Kiowa County Fair offers this week, take a moment to read how it all began in the article below from 1921. Remember to thank the fair board members when you see them (they will be running everywhere!) - they work throughout the entire year to make the week a special one for everybody.

New Look at Historic Boggsville Site

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Thanks to two grants from the Gates Family Foundation, high quality interpretive signs were recently installed along the walking paths at Boggsville Historic Site.  The new signs are designed to blend with the natural landscape and withstand the harsh Southeast Colorado sun and wind. The former trail signs were a mishmash of markers installed at various times during various projects. The old signs, erected many years ago, were cracked, peeling, difficult to read and were removed.

History: Arlington Boy Aids in Airman's Rescue

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Arlington Boy Aids in Airman's Rescue

From the July 5, 1968, issue of the Kiowa County Press.

The following story appeared in a Service newspaper, and is of interest to local readers as it pertains to the role played by an Arlington service man in the rescue of an airman in Vietnam.

CAMP EVANS - An unknown Marine A-4 pilot, now back in his cockpit after a near fatal mid-air collision, probably feels that 1st Air Cavalry Division helicopter pilots have an uncanny sixth sense - they rescued him almost before his parachute hit the ground.

Governor Visits Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper visited the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Kiowa County Wednesday to pay respects to those who died in the 1864 attack led by Colorado U.S. Volunteer Cavalry led by Colonel John Chivington. Peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho native Americans were camped at the location and received assurances they would not be harmed. Instead, Chivington's attack left 230 people dead, more than half of whom were women and children.

History Presentation - Charles Goodnight, His Life and Legacy

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The Bent's Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will feature a presentation on Charles Goodnight, his life and legacy, Saturday, November 11.  The meeting will be held at the J. W. Rawlings Heritage Center located at 560 Bent Avenue, Las Animas, CO.  Prior to the presentation members will hold a general meeting at 11:00 a.m. followed by a catered lunch (cost $10). 

See History Come Alive at the Frontier History Encampment

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Biennial event set to return to Lamar Community College September 29-30

Travel back in time this fall at the Frontier History Encampment, set for September 29-30 at the Lamar Community College campus.  Visitors will see history come to life through expert first-person historic interpreters who create a walk-through immersion into the 19th century. 

The Encampment will be open to the public on Friday, September 29, from 12:00-5:00pm and Saturday, September 30, from 9:00am-5:00pm. 

Sandy Dexter to Talk About Amache Ochinee Prowers

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The next Bent's Fort Chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, November 12, at the JW Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum located at 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas, CO.  The Chapter meeting will start at 11 AM followed by a potluck. 

At 1 PM Sandy Dexter will present a talk titled "Walking Woman" about Amache Ochinee Prowers who was the Cheyenne wife of John Wesley Prowers.  In her talk Sandy will share what she has learned from researching Amache's life, especially her life after the death of John Prowers.  It is a fascinating story.