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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado

Multimedia Presentations

Podcast users:

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.

Firearms: An important tool at Bent's Fort

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.

Lewis Garrard and His Adventures at Bent's Fort

 

Did You Know?

Oxen being driven by teamster

Eight to ten oxen were used to pull the trade wagons from Missouri to Bent's Fort. Oxen were cheaper, less temperamental and tasted better than mules or horses.