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By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
Bent's Old Fort
Colorado (Otero County), La Junta — A Cast of Colorful CharactersBent's Old Fort National Historic Site
John C. Fremont His name appears on almost any roll of Western pathbreakers. Fremont’s expeditions were instrumental in opening the Southwest. He visited the fort on three of his first four expeditions to the West. Susan . . . — Map (db m71849) HM
Colorado (Otero County), La Junta — An Adobe OutpostBent's Old Fort National Historic Site
A Mud Castle Rises In 1833, Bent, St. Vrain & Company built a trading post on the semi-arid reaches of the Arkansas River on the U.S. border with Mexico. Few if any buildings in the American West approached Bent’s Fort in size and . . . — Map (db m71847) HM
Colorado (Otero County), La Junta — Edward Dorris
Edward Dorris 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 . . . — Map (db m71850) HM
Colorado (Otero County), La Junta — Mountain Men to MerchantsBent's Old Fort National Historic Site
I wish I was capable to do Bent and St. Vrain justice for the kindness received at their hands. I can only say their equals were never in the mountains. - Christopher “Kit” Carson Charles Bent Charles Bent led . . . — Map (db m71848) HM
Colorado (Otero County), La Junta — Traveling Through HistoryBent's Old Fort National Historic Site
For centuries, the Arkansas River Valley has been an important travel corridor that has shaped our nation’s history. Long before the fort was built, wildlife, native peoples, European explorers, trappers, and traders traveled through this river . . . — Map (db m71851) HM
Colorado (Otero County), La Junta — Welcome to the BorderlandsBent's Old Fort National Historic Site
In winters northers howled ... In summer temperatures climbed above the hundred-degree mark ... Spirits shriveled as respiratory organs dried; lips cracked and eyes burned ... it took a particular kind of spiritual iron to survive ... . . . — Map (db m71846) HM
Colorado (Otero County), Rocky Ford — George Washington Swink
Born in Kentucky in 1836 Came to Colorado in 1871 Established a general merchandise store and (trading post) at a rocky ford on the Arkansas River. Moved store and family to present site in 1876, when Santa Fe Railroad was extended . . . — Map (db m70390) HM

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