“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Otero County, Colorado

Clickable Map of Otero County, Colorado and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Otero County, CO (17) Bent County, CO (7) Crowley County, CO (2) Kiowa County, CO (31) Las Animas County, CO (41) Pueblo County, CO (15)  OteroCounty(17) Otero County (17)  BentCounty(7) Bent County (7)  CrowleyCounty(2) Crowley County (2)  KiowaCounty(31) Kiowa County (31)  LasAnimasCounty(41) Las Animas County (41)  PuebloCounty(15) Pueblo County (15)
La Junta is the county seat for Otero County
Adjacent to Otero County, Colorado
      Bent County (7)  
      Crowley County (2)  
      Kiowa County (31)  
      Las Animas County (41)  
      Pueblo County (15)  
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1 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — A Babel-Tongued Multitude — Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site —
We have here a happy intermixture of nations and languages. French, Spanish, Indian and English salute your ears at one and the same time, and I am often at my wit's end to understand all the appeals made to me by such a Babel-tongued . . . Map (db m191922) HM
2 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 m180971) HM
3 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — A Ribbon Across the Plains
The Arkansas River sustains a tree-lined swath across the grasslands. Making use of the trees and plants available to them was key to the survival of people on the Plains. Groves of cottonwood trees offered shade for people and . . . Map (db m180872) HM
4 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
5 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — An International River
From 1819 to 1847, the Arkansas River formed the border between nations. Look across the river. When Bent's Old Fort was active, you would be looking into a foreign country. The land on the far side of the river was Mexican territory . . . Map (db m181228) HM
6 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — At Home in the Valley
Over the centuries, people living in and traveling through the Arkansas River Valley have used the natural resources of the area to build their homes and shelters. Native peoples used bison skins to make tepees. These cone-shaped . . . Map (db m180896) HM
7 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — Bent's Fort on Santa Fe Trail
Erected at the request of the Daughters of the American Revolution 1910 by A.E. Reynolds Bent's Fort Santa Fe Trail as shown by ruins of walls in 1909 1822 The Santa Fe Trail 1875 This stone marks the point of the trail where the . . . Map (db m192004) HM
8 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
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9 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
10 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — No Fur, No Fort
The land surrounding the Arkansas River teemed with wildlife. Most numerous were the bison or buffalo. They were the dominant species of the high plains, the emblem of the prairie. The fortunes of Bent's Fort and the neighboring tribes were tied to . . . Map (db m192001) HM
11 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — Santa Fe Trail1822-1872
Map (db m180844)
12 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — Sheer Abundance to Near ExtinctionThe abundant and diverse wildlife of the Arkansas River Valley was important to the establishment an
When the Bents first traveled to this area they may have encountered elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer, grizzly bears, wolves, beaver, river otters, and the huge herds of bison that once lived here. Bison especially, provided the region's native . . . Map (db m180856) HM
13 Colorado, Otero County, La Junta — Trading Post on the Trail
Imagine traveling in the 1840s on the Santa Fe Trail. You have just spent weeks crossing hundreds of miles of lonely and desolate prairie. There would have been no help if you broke a wheel or an axle, no help if you ran out of supplies. . . . Map (db m180968) HM
14 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
15 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
16 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
17 Colorado, Otero County, Timpas — Milestone
Travelers from Missouri would have crossed more than 600 miles of plains by the time they stood here. They picked this more difficult Mountain Route of the Santa Fe Trail for its reliable water. With less than a quarter of the trip . . . Map (db m180840) HM
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Sep. 22, 2023