Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta

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Bent's Old Fort is an 1833 fort located in Otero County in southeastern Colorado, United States. A company owned by Charles and William Bent and Ceran St. Vrain built the fort to trade with Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Plains Indians and trappers for buffalo robes. For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major white American permanent settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. It was destroyed under mysterious circumstances in 1849. The area of the fort was designated a National Historic Site under the National Park Service on June 3, 1960. It was further designated a National Historic Landmark later that year on December 19, 1960.The fort was reconstructed and is open to the public.

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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is a place in La Junta in the country of United States. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is not a top-rated place in La Junta.

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  • Bent's Fort is a very interesting restored historic site. It is surprising the fort is much smaller than we would imagine from our modern view. However, this site makes our imagination soar how the frontier days used to be. It takes about a day or two to look around if we start the journey from Denver. The area is avid during winter, but it could be fun to visit nearby cities like Rocky Ford.

  • Nice historic museum. We really enjoyed it. Very authentic

  • A great place, lot of historic information and a super nice staff. Plus, in the fall, the tarantulas are migrating, so one gets to see a lot of them. And they have fort cats.

  • Unbelievable, this is a fantastic fort to put on your list of must see if you are traveling through the states and you want authenticity. This is so well done you almost feel like you are back in time, we loved it.

  • Bent's Old Fort was an important trading post on the Santa Fe trail. It is a restoration of the fort which was burned down. There is a self-guided pamphlet I recommend everyone to have before coming to each room. The information helps understand the life back to 1840s as well as historical moments happened inside the fort.

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