Kit Carson House

Kit Carson Ave., Taos, New Mexico


Kit Carson House

1. Historic American Buildings Survey F. D. Nichols, Photographer August 1936 VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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From 1843 until his death, this was the home of Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-1868), American frontiersman and legendary hero of the "Old West." A contemporary who knew him well once said that he was "first in every quality which constitutes excellence in a mountaineer." Carson purchased this U-shaped, Spanish Colonial structure when he married Josefa Jaramillo, the daughter of a leading family of Taos. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 23, 1963

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
NR name
Carson, Kit, House
Areas of significance
Commerce; Exploration/Settlement
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1843; 1868