About Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta
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.Wikipedia
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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.
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.
Thurs, 13 July 2017 Visied Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta, CO. on our Eastward journey home to Virginia. Really nice fort to visit! *My husband visited 2 years ago with Boy Scouts on their way to Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico. This was my first visit. *It's a total rebuild from the original trading fort that burned down in 1849 after only 16 years of use. A convalescing Army Lt. took down meticulous measurements while he recovered because he thought it might be of use in the building of future military forts. Little did he know his pass-time activity would serve to be the only means of knowing the dimensions to reconstruct in the 1970s. One of the best fort reconstructions we've visited.
This was a really great stop! Amazingly accurate and detailed reproduction of the original fort, complete with many rooms furnished with period correct gear and wares. There were three historians present when we were there on a Sunday morning, in period dress. Their presence really made it feel like a living history exhibit. Walking around the fort and exploring was lots of fun. We even met a big friendly tomcat who followed us from room to room, up and down stairs, and generally seemed to be supervising our tour in exchange for occasional scritches.
The historical dressed staff was really nice! What an amazing piece of history and great for kids to explore!
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