For more than 160 years, the current Bent County/Las Animas Cemetery has served as a community burial ground and the final resting place for several famous names in Colorado history.
One famous Coloradan who rests there is fur trader William Bent, who with his brother built and operated the famous Bent’s Fort. A replica of the 1840s adobe fort is now a National Historic Site.
The cemetery is also the burial site of Amache Prowers, an influential Cheyenne woman who married one of the men in the Prowers family. The Prowers were early Coloradans who settled near Boggsville, adjacent to the area that is now the cemetery. (Susan M. Thornton)
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