The three living quarters show the living conditions of the military, fort employeees, and fur trappers. During the war with Mexico in 1846, the fort hosted a varied group of boarders and employees. The Army of the West used these quarters as a hospital. French-Canadian and American frontiersmen lived and ate togther in their quarters. The fort became a strategic point for exploration, reconnaissance, and espionage. Trappers sampled the "civilized life," while company hunters remained in the area supplying the fort with buffalo meat and venison. They repaired moccasins and boots, patched their leather britches, and made chains and lead bullets. Some of the trappers and hunters that were employed by Bent, St. Vrain and Company included the legendary Kit Carson, "Old Bill" Williams, "Peg-Leg" Smith and "Uncle Dick" Wootton.
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