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For centuries, the Arkansas River Valley has been an important travel corridor that has shaped our nation's history.
Long before the fort was built, wildlife, native peoples, European explorers, trappers, and traders traveled through this river…
Edward DorrisDied July 21, 1865Aged 31 years2 Ms. 28 Ds.
EDWARD Thou Hast Gone to RestIn This Far Country of the WestBrothers and Friends Mourn and WeepThou in this Tomb Dost Sweetly Sleep
Edward Dorris, a stagecoach driver, died of a sunstr…
John C. FremontHis name appears on almost any roll of Western pathbreakers. Fremont's expeditions were instrumental in opening the Southwest. He visited the fort on three of his first four expeditions to the West.
Susan MagoffinDuring her short…
I wish I was capable to do Bent and St. Vrain justice for the kindness received at their hands. I can only say their equals were never in the mountains.- Christopher "Kit" Carson
Charles BentCharles Bent led trade caravans across the sometimes …
A Mud Castle Rises
In 1833, Bent, St. Vrain & Company built a trading post on the semi-arid reaches of the Arkansas River on the U.S. border with Mexico. Few if any buildings in the American West approached Bent's Fort in size and importance. T…
In winters northers howled ... In summer temperatures climbed above the hundred-degree mark ... Spirits shriveled as respiratory organs dried; lips cracked and eyes burned ... it took a particular kind of spiritual iron to survive ...- David Laven…