Originally saddled by a toll road through the ranch (1866–1893) of Richens L. “Uncle Dick” Wootton, Ratón Pass is now crossed by I-25 as it climbs across the Colorado–New Mexico border. Near the top of the pass and visible (but not accessible) from I-25 is Wootton's ranch, from which he collected his tolls between 1866 and 1880. His rectangular two-story stuccoed masonry house has disappeared. Wootton died here in 1893 and is buried in Trinidad. The ruins of several coal camps also may be seen from I-25 as it slithers over the pass, named by Spaniards for its prolific community of ground squirrels. Remnants of a church six miles below the summit are a relic of the coal camp called Morley.
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