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?
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.