You have the opportunity of visiting the blacksmith, trader, doctor, and cook of Bent's Fort by clicking on the Podcast Key on the left. The workers of the fort demonstrate their work in the frontier trading post.
Firearms were a vital tool at Bent's Fort for the procurement of food and for defense. Click below to join Park Ranger Bob Kisthart as he explains the different firearms used and how they worked.
During the winter of 1846-47, 17-year-old Lewis Garrard visited Bent's Fort and worked for William Bent. Garrard kept a diary that recorded many of the events and characters at the fort and in the nearby Cheyenne villages. Click below to watch a seven-minute film about his experiences.
Did You Know?
The first white woman didn’t arrive at Bent’s Fort until 1846, 13 years after its establishment. Unlike the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail was basically a freight road, men driving freight wagons. That started to change after the Mexican War when New Mexico became U.S. territory.