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Used by: Kit Carson (1809 - 1868)

Manufacturer / Maker: unidentified

Department: History
Date: c. 1850
Medium: wood, cane
33 1/2 x 16 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (85.1 x 42.5 x 38.7 cm)
Classification: Furnishings
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of the Daniel Bobb Family
Object number: PC2012.10.1
DescriptionShaker style side chair once owned by Kit Carson.
Not on view
Label Text:
Shaker chair belonging to Col. Kit Carson, c. 1850
Maple, cane, iron nails
Gift of the Daniel Bobb family

Stationed in Old Town Plaza in 1862, Col. Kit Carson recruited a militia and commanded the First New Mexico Volunteers who fought for the Union at Valverde during the Civil War. Carson would have traveled frequently between Albuquerque and Santa Fe along what would become the north-south alignment of Route 66.

Kit Carson’s chair was passed down to his cousin Sarah Sally Carson, who used to care for Kit’s family when he was traveling.