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  • Bent's Old Fort

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    Inside Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site.
    Bent's Old Fort
  • Plaza, Bent's Old Fort Historic Site

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    View of the plaza within Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. In the 1830s and '40s, Native Americans, Anglo-Americans, and Hispanos met in the plaza to conduct trade.
    Plaza, Bent's Old Fort Historic Site
  • Bent's New Fort Plan

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    In 1849 a decline in the bison hide trade forced William Bent to close his original trading post and open a new one farther down the Arkansas River. This sketch by archaeologist Michelle A. Slaughter outlines the layout of the new fort (click for larger image).
    Bent's New Fort Plan
  • Richard Carrillo

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    Richard Carrillo explains excavation results at Bent’s New Fort. At the time of his death in 2014, Carrillo was the preeminent Southeastern Colorado archaeologist and historian and was working on a project at Bent’s New Fort.
    Richard Carrillo



Richard F. Carrillo, The Results of the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs 1994 and 1995 Historical Archaeology Field Schools at Boggsville Historic Site (5BN363): An Early 1860s Village in Southeastern Colorado, Bent County, Colorado, ed. Thomas J. Wynn, prepared for the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County, Las Animas, Colorado and the State Historical Fund, Colorado Historical Society, Denver (Denver: History Colorado, 1997).

Solomon Nunes Carvalho, Incidents of Travel and Adventure in the Far West with Colonel Frémont’s Last Expedition (Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 2004).

Additional Information: 

George E. Hyde, Life of George Bent, ed. Savoie Lottinville (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968).

David Lavender, Bent’s Fort (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1954).

National Park Service, “Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site,” last modified November 18, 2015.

National Park Service, “Bent’s New Fort,” last modified November 27, 2015.

State Historical Society of Colorado, Bent’s Old Fort (Denver: State Historical Society of Colorado, 1979).