Attractions October 06, 2019
There’s So Much To Do In The Virtually Unknown Colorado Town Of Kit Carson
I know that we here at Only in Colorado a tad biased but we feel that the Centennial State has the most beautiful cities and small towns in the country! While everyone knows about our bustling urban areas (a la Denver, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins), you may not have had a chance to see all of our charming small towns, like the Eastern Plains gem of Kit Carson:
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Located near the Colorado/Kansas border in eastern Colorado, Kit Carson is a Statutory Town of nearly 250 residents, a colorful history, and loads of small-town surprises.
Founded in 1838, Kit Carson was once a booming town that housed several trade and supply outposts, and later a railroad terminus for the Union Pacific, which brought in new residents and families from all over who would settle in and gradually build the community.
While the trading posts and railroad stations are no more, the town of Kit Carson has continued to thrive and offers several unique things to see and do, including shopping...
Do you enjoy thrifting, antiquing, and one-of-a-kind boutiques? You can find all-of-the-above in Kit Carson, which is home to nearly a dozen locally-owned shops (Please note, the pictured shop, Singing Grass Trading Post, has permanently closed.)
Are you craving BBQ? Visit the Big Dawg BBQ food truck. How about breakfast, lunch, and dinner as good as mom used to make? Check out the equally historic and delicious Trading Post (pictured).
History buffs, rejoice, as Kit Carson is also home to a fascinating railroad museum that will give you a glimpse at life in the town's early days.
In addition to all of the above, Kit Carson is also near the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, which we recommend every Coloradan learn about and visit at least once.
What is so important about this National Historic Site? On November 29, 1864, 700 men from the Colorado Territory militia blindsided Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans by ransacking their village and killing/mutilating somewhere between 70-160 men, women, and children. The event went on to change the course of Colorado history.
Do you want the full small-town experience? Make sure to take in a high school sporting event, like their famous Friday night football games!
As an Eastern Plains native, I can say that there is nothing quite as small-town nostalgic as those Friday night lights.
To learn more about Kit Carson and what there is to see and do around, please visit the town's official
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