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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado

Wetlands, Marshes and Swamps

Nature and Science

Large wetland

(Levi Castello)

The historic site includes two wetlands and a pond which encompass approximately 148.5 acres.The larger wetland is a four to six foot depression area located on the second floodplain bench of the Arkansas River. It is three to five feet higher in elevation than the tamarisk invasion zone. The smaller wetland is located below the pond and drains into the river at high water events. Until 2000 there was no comprehensive inventory of plants or fish of the wetland areas.

Did You Know?

Bullet making

Frontiersmen carried bars of lead and made their own bullets using a ladle and a bullet mold. Heated over a hot fire, the molten lead was poured into the mold, let cool and then opened, allowing the bullet to fall out.