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William Bent

Updated 2021-05-23
  • 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
  • Bent's Old Fort

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    Inside Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site.
    Bent's Old Fort
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