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Beaver

Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 14:28, last changed on 09/06/2017 - 01:07
The North American beaver ( Castor canadensis ) is native to Colorado, and its role as both an environmental engineer and a keystone species has profoundly impacted the state’s ecology and history. Although their populations today are low, beavers continue to shape Colorado’s environments. ...

Bent's Forts

Added by Nick Johnson on 05/06/2016 - 10:52, last changed on 10/20/2017 - 13:30
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...

Fort Davy Crockett

Added by yongli on 05/09/2016 - 16:19, last changed on 10/24/2017 - 09:46
Fort Davy Crockett was one of three known nineteenth-century forts and trading posts on the western side of the Rocky Mountains, in the drainage systems of the Green and Colorado Rivers. From the mid-1830s to 1840, Fort Davy Crockett, along with Fort Uncompahgre and Fort Uintah, served as centers...

Fort Jackson

Added by yongli on 05/03/2016 - 15:46, last changed on 08/25/2017 - 20:40
In the summer of 1837, Henry Fraeb and Peter Sarpy arrived at a location on the South Platte River a few miles north of present-day Fort Lupton . They arrived with $10,909.75 worth of goods for trade with the Cheyenne and Arapaho who frequented the area. Upon arrival, Fraeb and Sarpy began...

Fort Uncompahgre

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 16:13, last changed on 08/25/2017 - 20:40
Fort Uncompahgre was constructed in 1828 by Antoine Robidoux , a trader based out of Mexican Santa Fé. The trading post was situated about two miles down from the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Rivers near the present-day community of Delta in western Colorado. The precise location of...

Fort Vasquez

Added by yongli on 11/05/2015 - 16:08, last changed on 11/03/2017 - 13:18
Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette operated the fur- trading post Fort Vasquez from 1835 to 1842. After ruthless competition and changing trade patterns caused the pair to leave the fort, it served as a landmark along the South Platte River Trail before gradually disappearing back into the plains ...

Louis Vasquez

Added by yongli on 10/06/2016 - 16:37, last changed on 11/20/2017 - 01:07
Louis Vasquez (1798–1868) was a fur trapper and mountain man active in Colorado during the 1820s and 1830s. He reportedly constructed Fort Convenience and a hunter’s cabin that predated the majority of settlement in the region. One of the Colorado fur trade ’s more successful trappers, Vasquez is...
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