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Bent's Forts

Added by Nick Johnson on 05/06/2016 - 10:52, last changed on 05/28/2019 - 14:40

Bent's Old Fort

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In the early and mid-nineteenth century, when the western United States was in a seemingly unending state of flux as people competed for dominance over the land and its resources, three men moved to what would eventually become southeastern Colorado and there established a trading and commercial...

Kit Carson

Added by yongli on 03/14/2016 - 14:16, last changed on 09/04/2018 - 01:07
The remarkable life of Christopher “Kit” Carson (1809–68) represents a broad sweep of Western American history in the early-to-mid nineteenth century. Carson was a Rocky Mountain fur trapper , a guide and scout for the US Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, rancher, Indian agent in New Mexico...

Nineteenth-Century Trading Posts

Added by yongli on 04/06/2015 - 15:43, last changed on 01/09/2018 - 01:07
The historic fur trade era in the Colorado region, which began in the early nineteenth century, ushered in a period of direct contact between Native Americans and whites. By this time, the hides and robes provided by Colorado’s furbearing animals had become valuable commodities in American and...

Otero County

Added by yongli on 10/29/2015 - 14:30, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:41
Otero County is located in southeastern Colorado and covers 1,270 square miles of rolling plains and the fertile Arkansas River valley. It is bordered by Pueblo County to the west, Crowley and Kiowa Counties to the north, Bent County to the east, and Las Animas County to the south and southwest...

The Fort

Added by yongli on 03/16/2016 - 15:56, last changed on 01/12/2018 - 01:07
The Fort, an adobe restaurant just south of Morrison, was modeled on historic Bent’s Old Fort and built using traditional Hispano methods and materials. Designed by William Lumpkins, an architect internationally known for his work in the adobe and Pueblo Revival styles, the Fort served as a...

William Bent

Added by yongli on 12/29/2015 - 11:23, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:41
William Bent (1809–69) played a pivotal role in the early development of Colorado. He initially came to the area as a fur trapper but became a liaison between whites and Native Americans via his trading fort on the Arkansas River near present-day La Junta . The Santa Fé Trail was the strategic...
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