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Near La Junta in Otero County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Traveling Through History

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

 
 
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By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
1. Traveling Through History Marker
Inscription. For centuries, the Arkansas River Valley has been an important travel corridor that has shaped our nationís history.

Long before the fort was built, wildlife, native peoples, European explorers, trappers, and traders traveled through this river valley. When Mexico was opened to American traders in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail developed. The trail followed routes traveled by the early inhabitants of the region.

Over time, the Arkansas River Valley saw additional use as a strategic military trail, a stagecoach route, and a railroad right-of-way. Eventually, U.S. Highway 50 was built, allowing travel from Washington D.C. to the West Coast. Today, the river, trail route, railroad, and highway can all be seen from the fort as travelers cover distances that used to take months in a matter of a few hours.


In 1845 and 1846, Lt. James Abert traveled the Southwest on U.S. Army Expeditions, spending time at Bentís Old Fort. He documented his travels with journals, maps and illustrations.
Abert Illustration: A mounted Cheyenne warrior entitled to “count his coups” – that is, to recite his exploits, Aug. 9, 1845.

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 2.797′ N, 103° 
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By Google Street View (©2014 Google), August 2012
2. Traveling Through History Marker
View to south from State Route 194
Bent's Old Fort in right background
25.775′ W. Marker is near La Junta, Colorado, in Otero County. Marker is on State Highway 194 0.3 miles east of County Road 35, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in Bentís Old Fort National Historic Site and may be viewed from the Bentís Old Fort hiking trail 0.3 miles northeast of the parking lot; the driveway to the Bentís Old Fort parking lot is located 0.2 miles west of the marker. 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. Welcome to the Borderlands (approx. ľ mile away); An Adobe Outpost (approx. ľ mile away); Mountain Men to Merchants (approx. ľ mile away); A Cast of Colorful Characters (approx. ľ mile away); Edward Dorris (approx. 0.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on February 18, 2014.) 

2. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 18, 2014.)
 
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Bent's Old Fort image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
3. Bent's Old Fort
View to southwest from hiking trail
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By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
4. Bent's Old Fort
View from trail at cemetery
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By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
5. Interior of Bent's Old Fort
Arkansas River Valley image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
6. Arkansas River Valley
View to south from Bent's Old Fort
Arkansas River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
7. Arkansas River
View from hiking trail
 
 
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 369 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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