Naming Places, Part 2

rabbit The name Conejos means “rabbits” in Spanish. The early settlers, who came from the northern part of Mexico to what is now Southern Colorado, found an abundance of rabbits in the area. They made good eating for the settlers.
          A park in Pueblo County is called Cuerna Verde ark. The name means “green horn.” It was named for a Comanche chief killed there in 1779. 
          Culebra Creek near San Luis is named for the way the creek winds its way across the land like the slithering trail of a snake (culebra in Spanish).
          Curecanti Pass in Gunnison County honors a Tabeguache Ute chief.
          Achonee Mountain in Grand County recalls a Cheyenne named Ochanee or “one eye.” He was killed at Sand Creek in 1864.
          Apiatan Mountain, also in Grand County, is named for a Kiowa Chief known for his singing.

For more information about place names in Colorado, see Colorado Place Names by George R. Eichler (1977) or Colorado Place Names by William Bright (1993).

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Changing Names of Indian Agency

          In 1860 the Conejos Agency was established for the Tabeguache Utes. The name came from the River in Southern Colorado. The little town located along the river was also called Conejos. It was the home of the Indian Agent, Lafayette Head.
          In 1869 the Agency was moved to Los Pinos Creek and renamed Los Pinos Agency.
          The Agency was relocated again in 1875 to the Uncompahgre Valley. However, the name Los Pinos Agency was retained.
          The Tabeguache Utes and their Agency were moved to a new reservation on Utah’s Green River in 1881. It became the Ouray Agency, named for their famous chief who died before the move.
          In 1886 the reservation was consolidated with the adjoining reservation as the Uintah and Ouray Agency

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