A search for truth: Albert Pfeiffer, Kit Carson and the Long Walk

A search for truth: Albert Pfeiffer, Kit Carson and the Long Walk

Roadside plaque tells only part of the story of Albert Pfeiffer, Kit Carson and Navajos’ Long Walk
Canyon de Chelley National Monument, part of a canyon system in the heart of the Navajo Reservation, is open to tourists via the White House Trail. This traditional hogan and brush arbor or summer house are found along the trail.
This pencil drawing of Col. Albert Pfeiffer is in the collection at the Rio Grande County Museum, Del Norte. For all Durangoans traveling to and from Denver, the museum is easy to find, just a block and a half off the highway, and well worth a visit.
Col. Albert Pfeiffer died at age 59, and according to his obituary, “left his financial affairs in a state of embarrassment having done good service to his country.” His grave, with its white wooden picket fence, has a brass plaque imbedded in local cobblestones.
The front of Col. Albert Pfeiffer’s buckskin jacket has careful beadwork, possibly sewn by a Ute artist and craftsperson. In Pfeiffer’s time in the 19th century, Ute women were known for their excellent work tanning and preparing buckskin. Their leatherwork was coveted at trade fairs and shows across the Southwest.

A search for truth: Albert Pfeiffer, Kit Carson and the Long Walk

Canyon de Chelley National Monument, part of a canyon system in the heart of the Navajo Reservation, is open to tourists via the White House Trail. This traditional hogan and brush arbor or summer house are found along the trail.
This pencil drawing of Col. Albert Pfeiffer is in the collection at the Rio Grande County Museum, Del Norte. For all Durangoans traveling to and from Denver, the museum is easy to find, just a block and a half off the highway, and well worth a visit.
Col. Albert Pfeiffer died at age 59, and according to his obituary, “left his financial affairs in a state of embarrassment having done good service to his country.” His grave, with its white wooden picket fence, has a brass plaque imbedded in local cobblestones.
The front of Col. Albert Pfeiffer’s buckskin jacket has careful beadwork, possibly sewn by a Ute artist and craftsperson. In Pfeiffer’s time in the 19th century, Ute women were known for their excellent work tanning and preparing buckskin. Their leatherwork was coveted at trade fairs and shows across the Southwest.
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