Near La Junta in Otero County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Died July 21, 1865
Aged 31 years
2 Ms. 28 Ds.
EDWARD Thou Hast Gone to Rest
In This Far Country of the West
Brothers and Friends Mourn and Weep
Thou in this Tomb Dost Sweetly Sleep
Edward Dorris, a stagecoach driver, died of a sunstroke or a heart attack enroute to Bentís Old Fort, a Barlow and Sanderson stagecoach station in the 1860's. Like others who had gone before him, the hardship of life on the Santa Fe Trail ended here at Bentís Fort. Of the thirteen graves located in this cemetery, twelve are covered with adobe bricks while Dorrisí grave is covered with limestone and marked. This may be the cemetery described by visitors to Bentís Fort in the 1840's.
“In the evening another Missouri volunteer died, and was buried. They were obliged to cover the graves with prickly pear, or rocks, to prevent the wolves from tearing the bodies out of the ground ...” Lt. Abert, U.S. Army of the West, 1847.
The cemetery was never completely excavated. Please stay on the trail to protect this resource.
Location. 38° 2.498′ N, 103° 25.78′ W. Marker is near La Junta, Colorado, in Otero County. Marker can be reached from State Highway Touch for map. Marker is located in Bentís Old Fort National Historic Site on the 0.25 mile trail between the parking lot and the fort; the above directions are to the intersection of State Route 194 and the driveway to the Bentís Old Fort parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: La Junta CO 81050, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Cast of Colorful Characters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mountain Men to Merchants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to the Borderlands (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Adobe Outpost (approx. 0.2 miles away); Traveling Through History (approx. 0.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on February 18, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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