Near La Junta in Otero County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Trading Post on the Trail
There is the greatest possible noise in the patio. The shoeing of horses, neighing and braying of mules, the crying of children, the scolding and fighting of men, are all enough to turn my head.
From the diary of Susan Shelby Magollin written at Bent’s Fort on her nineteenth birthday, July 30. 1956
Because space in the wagons was at a premium, it was unusual for traders to ride in the wagons other than to drive the horses.
Blacksmiths were among the tradesmen at the fort ready
Wooden wagon parts, including wheels, dried and shrank quickly in the arid climate of the plains. The wheelwright at the fort had the skill and equipment to make repairs.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 2.623′ N, 103° 25.891′ W. Marker is near La Junta, Colorado, in Otero County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 194 east of County Highway 35. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35110 CO Highway 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. Welcome to the Borderlands (a few steps from this marker); A Babel-Tongued Multitude (a few steps from this marker); An Adobe Outpost (a few steps from this marker); No Fur, No Fort (a few steps from this marker); Mountain Men to Merchants (a few steps from this marker); A Cast of Colorful Characters (a few steps from this marker); Bent's Fort on Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Junta.
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