Richens Lacey Wootton

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Richens Lacey Wootton

Richens Lacy (or Lacey) Wootton (1816 - 1893), often referred to as "Uncle Dick" Wootton, was an American frontiersman born in Virginia, but lived most of his life in Colorado.

In his early life Wootton was a mountain man and trapper, then a hunter at Bent's Fort. In 1866 he built a toll road through Raton Pass. He hired a tribe of Utes under Chief Conniache to build it. He later sold the road to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.[1]

He appears as a character in Flashman and the Redskins when Flashman employs him as a guide. Flashman and his caravan are forced to abandon him when he catches cholera.

He is referenced in Michners' "Centennial ".