Livestock

Fitz the cat sets on the tube of a cannon
Fitz the cat sets on the tube of a cannon during a hot day.

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Bent's Fort was a trading post that relied heavily on oxen, mules and horses for transporting furs and trade goods down the 600 mile trail to and from Missouri. Journals mention goats, chickens, pigs, buffalo calves, milk cows, peacocks and sheep. When you visit the fort, you will be treated to the sight of animals of the breeds that were present there in the 1840s! Red Devon oxen, Spanish Barb horses and a molly mule graze in and outside the fort. Peacocks and chickens roam the rear corral and you may get to see a fort cat or two - Fitz and DJ.

Last updated: July 12, 2017

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35110 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050

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(719) 383-5010

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