Pueblo County, Colorado
Boone, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell and Joy Fisher.

Farming and stock raising town in Pueblo county, on the Missouri Pacific and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Rys., 20 miles east of Pueblo. Population 25.

Cremer G L agt, Mo Pac Ry Co.

Hensley H H, agt A T & S F Ry, genl mdse, postmaster.

Rupp Josephine, prin school.

Sims B N, blacksmith.

Source: 37th Annual Volume The Colorado State Business Directory with A Complete Classified Directory of the Entire State, Including Mines, Reduction Works, Etc. 1911 Denver, Colorado The Gazetteer Publishing Co. Established 1871 James Jr. Ives, Manager 1911

Courtesy photo/Boone Post Office

Boone was a bustling community in the 1940s and 1950s as shown in this photograph.

Founder a member of famous Boone family

Albert Gallatin Boone, the grandson of the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, was born in April 1806 in Greensburg, Ky.

Albert and his brother, Van Daniel Boone, settled in what became the Boone(ville) community in 1859-60. Both were born in Kentucky and had lived in Missouri since boyhood.

Upon moving to Colorado, they acquired a 1,400-acre ranch that had belonged to the freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell. Van Daniel Boone died in 1871 at the age of 57, and is buried with his family in the Masonic Cemetery.

Albert Boone began working with a firm that traded with the Indians when he was 16. In 1824, he became secretary and bookkeeper for William Ashley's trading expedition to the Rocky Mountains.

He returned to the West several times. Boone was involved in the Menominee and Black Hawk Indian Wars in what is now Wisconsin in 1831-33.

In 1849, he opened an outfitting store and traded with the Indians at Westport Landing, Mo., where he was a business associate of William Bent and Ceran St. Vrain.

Coming to Colorado, Boone opened stores in Denver and Pueblo in 1860. He became postmaster of a post office that was established at his ranch. In 1860, he replaced William Bent as the Indian agent for the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes at Big Timbers, Colo.

In 1861, he negotiated the New Boone Treaty with the Arapaho and Cheyenne whereby they relinquished their claims to all lands east of the Rocky Mountains for a reservation in Pueblo and Otero counties of today.

He was elected Pueblo County commissioner in 1862.

In 1868, he was a member of the territorial council. Versed in several Indian dialects, he was called in by the government to help pacify the Sioux following the battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.

Boone died in 1884 at the age of 78.

Source: Pueblo County Historical Society and State Historical Fund.

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