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Bent County

  • Bent County

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    Bent County, named for the famous nineteenth-century trader William Bent, lies along the Arkansas River in southeast Colorado.
    Bent County
  • William Bent

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    William Bent (1809-69) built an adobe trading post on the Arkansas River west of present-day Las Animas in 1833. Bent's Fort was situated along the Santa Fé Trail that connected Missouri and Mexico and quickly became the center of trade on the Great Plains.
    William Bent
  • Restored Home of Thomas Boggs

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    In 1866, former trader Thomas O. Boggs founded the agricultural community of Boggsville, the first such community in Bent County and one of the earliest in the state. Unoccupied since 1975, the Boggs’ family house, shown here, has been restored as part of the Boggsville Historic Site.
    Restored Home of Thomas Boggs
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“Bent County,” Colorado County Histories Notebook (Denver: History Colorado, 1989–99).

Bent County, Colorado, “County About.”

Enterprise Zone Tax Credits,” Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, 2013.

Fort Lyon,” Colorado Preservation, Inc., 2013.

George Bird Grinnell, Bent’s Old Fort and Its Builders (Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1923).

Pekka Hamalainen, The Comanche Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

Mary Prowers Hudnall, “Early History of Bent County,” Colorado Magazine 22 (Denver: State Historical Society of Colorado, 1945).

Kurtis Lee, “After Strong Support from Gov. Hickenlooper, Fort Lyon Reopens to Serve Homeless,” Denver Post, September 3, 2013.

Alan Prendergast, “The Poisoned Pen of Fort Lyon Prison,” Westword, November 15, 2007.

Pure Cycle Water Services, “Agricultural Leasing.”

Elliot West, Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998).

Additional Information: 

Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community,” Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, September 2013.