- Thursday, August 26, 1846,
Report of Lt. J. W. Abert of his Examination of New Mexico - "The men in their leisure moments amused themselves with fishing. Cat fish and hickory shad are the only kinds I have ever seen in these waters; and we found them very palatable, although they may not be compared with the white fish of Lake Superior or the rock fish of the Potomac."
Did You Know?
Bent’s Fort was the only place on the Santa Fe Trail where wagons could be repaired and supplies replenished. Typically it would take 50 to 60 days or more for ox drawn wagons to make the 600 mile journey from Missouri. It would still be another month of travel before they reached Santa Fe.