Taos council renames Kit Carson Park

Posted at: 06/12/2014 4:22 PM
Updated at: 06/12/2014 5:37 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com

Photo: Courtesy of The Taos News

The Taos council has renamed a downtown park because of concerns its previous namesake was cruel to Native Americans.

Kit Carson Park is now known as Red Willow Park.

Carson, who died in 1868, is buried in a cemetery at the park. He is commonly known as an explorer, trapper, and soldier.

But activists point out that Carson was ordered by the U.S. Army to relocate approximately 8,000 Navajos from Arizona to Fort Sumner.

The journey, called "the long walk," led to the deaths of around 200 Navajos from cold and starvation.