Famed frontier trapper and guide Kit Carson died on May 23, 1868, at Fort Lyon, Colorado. He made his last will and testament on May 15, 1868, witnessed by J. A. Fitzgerald and Dr. Henry Ramsen Tilton. The will was filed at the Pueblo County Courthouse October 8, 1868 by M. G. Bradford, Probate Judge. The will was discovered in the closed probate files at the Pueblo County Courthouse. Joann Dodds, Western Research Librarian, for the regional library, suggested that the library could restore the will and safely preserve it. A petition signed by Patti O’Rourke for the County Bar Association and Julia Avery for the Historical Society resulted in a court order giving the document to the library. The formal presentation was made on July 2, 1976 by Judge Richard Robb to Donald A. Gaylord, Chairman of the library board of trustees.