From Mountain Man to Entrepreneur

Richens Lacey (Uncle Dick) Wootton

Uncle Dick Wootton made his mark in many ways.

“Uncle” Dick Wootton was a frontiersman and mountain man during the first half of the 19th Century. Much of his time was spent in New Mexico and Colorado—where he settled down later in life. In 1866, Wootton hired Ute Indians to build a road along a pass between Raton, NMT and Trinidad, CO. Uncle Dick charged travelers who used the road, and built a hotel alongside it. He sold the right of way to the railroads in 1878—but they gave him a pension and a lifetime pass on the trains in compensation.

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