The little-known story of multi-culturalism that existed in the Southwest for hundreds of years is on display now in Las Animas, thanks to new, high-quality interpretive signs along the walking paths at Boggsville Historic Site on the Santa Fe Trail.
In 2015, community members and historical experts participated in an interpretive workshop sponsored by the National Park Service, and determined that the historical uniqueness of Boggsville -- a National Treasure of the National Trust for Historic Preservation -- resulted from the multi-culturally diverse women associated with the site since its founding in 1866.
Local volunteers worked with a design firm to create new panels and signs, highlighting the importance of the women of Boggsville. A new welcome sign bids hello to visitors in Cheyenne, Spanish, and English -- paying homage to the three most prominent cultures to inhabit the area.
A capital grant from the Gates Family Foundation supported the new signage, as well as a previous restoration project on the site.