Colonel Kit and Lou (Chapman) Carson


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Colonel Kit Carson III (b. 1852 - d. 1931), the grandson of famed fur trapper and army officer Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson, sold mining claims. He was involved in a minor scandal involving the selling of Lobo wolf skins. Ultimately, the Arizona Pima County Board of Supervisors determined that the skins were genuine. He also promoted the Golden State Mining Company throughout Yuma, Arizona. He was charged with fraudulent representation of the mine. His pedigree related to the famous frontiersman Kit Carson was also questioned.

Pictured in the photograph is his wife, Lou (Chapman) Carson (b. 1869 or 1870 -1953) .

Handwriting on back of photo reads: "Col. Kit Carson and wife said was grandson of Kit Carson."

Burial in 1931 at Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino, California.

Sources: Arizona Sentinel and Yuma Weekly, August 7, 1913; Weekly Journal-Miner, April 29, 1908; Tombstone Epitaph, July 21, 1907,, Family Search


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