Guiseppi Burrescia

Written by RoseMary Burrescia. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”

In the late 1890’s Guiseppi Burrescia and his oldest son, Nicholas, age nine, left Palazzo Adriano, Sicily for Naples to board a ship leaving for America. They settled in Independence where his brother Nicholas made his home. A few years later, his wife Lucia, son Joseph, and daughter Veta, joined him in America. One day he learned about the coal-mines in Colorado, and the building of the rail-roads. So, he and his family moved west to Las Animas County, in Colorado.

He first settled in Hastlngs, Colorado, where he operated a goat-ranch, and made cheese. Soon after the “Ludlow Mines Strike”, he left Hastings and homesteaded in south-eastern Colorado. It was thirty-five miles east of Trinidad. The ranch was located near the New Mexico border, where he grazed goats, cattle, and sheep, on 35,000 acres of land. The cheese was sold locally and shipped out of state. He purchased more land, but due to the depression, he was forced to declare bankruptcy. On West Main Street in Trinidad, he later operated a butcher shop and also started another goat ranch, north of the city. He was born January 1864 in Palazzo Adriano, Sicily, and died in January 1933.

His children were: Nicholas, Joseph, and Vita Maria. His youngest son, Carmillo, accidentally shot himself. He was 17 years old. He had twenty-three grand-children, numerous great grandchildren, and many, many, great-great grand-children. He was one of the “first”cheese makers of Southern Colorado

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