Near La Junta in Otero County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
At Home in the Valley
Native peoples used bison skins to make tepees. These cone-shaped shelters were ideal for a nomadic way of life: strong but lightweight, easy to carry and erect. Warm in winter, open to breezes in the summer, they could also withstand the winds of the Plains.
Eventually, Plains Indian lodges gave way to adobe structures such as Bent's Old Fort. Later in the 19th century, as towns were established in the region, stone became a primary construction material. Many historic stone structures from this era are preserved in the communities of the Arkansas Valley.
Caption: In 1845 and 1846, Lt. James Abert traveled the Southwest on U.S. Army Expeditions, spending time at Bent's Old Fort. He documented his travels with journals, maps and illustrations.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
Location. 38° 2.406′ N, 103° 25.432′ W. Marker is near La Junta, Colorado, in Otero County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 194 near County Highway 35. Located on the Big Loop Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35110 CO Hwy 194, La Junta CO 81050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Ribbon Across the Plains (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sheer Abundance to Near Extinction (about 800 feet away); An International River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Dorris (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to the Borderlands (approx. half a mile away); An Adobe Outpost (approx. half a mile away); Mountain Men to Merchants (approx. half a mile away); A Babel-Tongued Multitude (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Junta.
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