Taos Plans To Rename Kit Carson Park

Jun 12, 2014

  A northern New Mexico town council has voted to give a park named after famed scout Kit Carson a new identity.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Taos Town Council passed a resolution Tuesday to rename the downtown park Red Willow over concerns by critics that Carson was cruel to American Indians.

Carson, who died in in 1868, is buried in the cemetery at the park and his name is all over Taos. He largely is known as an explorer, trapper, soldier and American Indian agent.

But Carson was ordered by the U.S. Army to relocate around 8,000 Navajo men, women and children 300 miles from Arizona to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, on what's called the "Long Walk."

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