Hermit’s Peak Named for Juan Maria Agostini

on August 27, 2006

Hermit’s Peak near Las Vegas (pop. 14,565) was named for Italian Juan Maria Agostini. In the 1860s, the hermit lived in a cave at the peak where he carved religious emblems, which he bartered for food. The hermit walked 500 miles with a wagon train to New Mexico from Council Grove, Kan., where a dugout he made home is now called Hermit’s Cave.

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