These rooms housed the sleeping and eating quarters for the fort's laborers, employees, and travelers from the states. About 50 Mexican laborers were brought up from Mexico to build the fort. Some stayed, working as adoberos, packers, herders, and horsebreakers. The adoberos were familiar with the techniques involved in adobe construction. These rooms reflect their customs and beliefs. Decades before the arrival of Americans, groups of Mexican traders plying biscuits, dried pumpkin, and corn had penetrated the plains north of Santa Fe. The presence of grinding stones, herbs and spices, pots and pans, and strings of chili pepers attest to the rooms's use by "Las Senoritas" as a place for cooking. They cooked for their families and prepared meals for the owners and their guests.
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