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Experience Bent’s Old Fort after Dark!

Experience Bent’s Old Fort after Dark!

    The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for visitors to “step back in time” and glimpse the sights, sounds, and smells of life as it might have been at Bent’s Old Fort on the Santa Fe Trail as part of our Holiday Event on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. During […]

Big Timbers Museum Plans End of Summer Events

Big Timbers Museum Plans End of Summer Events

    The Big Timbers Museum in Prowers County has an active calendar for September. Kathleen Scranton, Museum Curator, told the Prowers County Commissioners, the Fort William Bent Chapter of the NSDAR will have a photo opportunity and mini dedication for their group on Saturday, September 7th.  The kiosks for the Santa Fe Trail Scenic […]

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort

  The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for visitors to “step back in time” and glimpse the sights, sounds, and smells of life as it might have been 172 years ago at Bent’s Fort on the Santa Fe Trail for our Military Encampment. 1847 was a year when things continued to go badly […]

Journey into the Past at Bent’s Old Fort

  The National Park Service is offering an opportunity for visitors to “step back in time” and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of life as it might have been 170 years ago at Bent’s Fort on the Santa Fe Trail. On Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8 the fort will host its “Living […]

Celebración en el Fuerte! - Hispanic Heritage Day at Bent’s Old Fort

Celebración en el Fuerte! – Hispanic Heritage Day at Bent’s Old Fort

  The public is invited to join the denizens of Bent’s Old Fort on Saturday, September 15 to celebrate the Hispanic heritage of this reconstructed trading post on the Santa Fe Trail. The event will feature living history, presentations on Hispanic merchants and cowboys, and an 1840s-style fandango in the fort plaza.     Philip […]

Encampment and Caravan Highlight Santa Fe Trail Weekend at Bent’s Old Fort

Encampment and Caravan Highlight Santa Fe Trail Weekend at Bent’s Old Fort

The busy days of the Santa Fe Trail will come back to life the weekend of June 8 –10 as Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site hosts an encampment and trail caravan. Over 70 living history interpreters will inhabit the fort and surrounding camps on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 demonstrating life along […]

Bent’s Fort Chapter to Hold Annual Meeting

Bent’s Fort Chapter to Hold Annual Meeting

  The Bent’s Fort Chapter Annual Meeting will be held on January 13th at the JW Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum in Las Animas (560 Bent Ave). The general meeting will begin at 11am followed by a catered lunch (cost $10).  The meeting will include the election of officers for 2018, announcement of the Member […]

County Lending Support to Historic Marker Upgrade-Properties Planned for Upgrades in 2018

County Lending Support to Historic Marker Upgrade-Properties Planned for Upgrades in 2018

    Julie Sumpter, of the Fort William Bent Chapter of DAR, Connie Jacobson and Big Timbers Museum Curator, Kathleen Scranton, met with the commissioners to discuss relocating the Santa Fe Trail Marker on Highway 287, about a quarter mile south of the Museum. Sumpter cited a number of reasons for the planned move to […]

SANTA FE TRAIL Route Added to Historic District

SANTA FE TRAIL Route Added to Historic District

  LA JUNTA, Colorado, September 20, 2017 – The U.S. Forest Service is delighted to announce the designation of the 210-acre Santa Fe Trail Mountain Route Trail – Iron Springs Vicinity National Historic District. It is located in Otero County, Colorado on the Comanche National Grassland and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. […]

History Trail Connects Southeast Colorado to Southwest Development

History Trail Connects Southeast Colorado to Southwest Development

After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848 the US Army found it necessary to create and supply a series of forts in the newly conquered southwestern territory. The Army also discovered new routes into the New Mexico territory…routes that shortened delivery times to vital forts such as Fort Union and were better suited to the […]

18th SFTA Rendezvous Recognized Pioneer Women on the Santa Fe Trail

18th SFTA Rendezvous Recognized Pioneer Women on the Santa Fe Trail

The 18th biennial Rendezvous history seminar of the Santa Fe Trail was held in Larned, Kansas September 22-24, 2016.  The Rendezvous was sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA), the Santa Fe Trail Center, Fort Larned National Historic Site and the Kansas Humanities Council.  This year’s theme was Shadows on the Land: Women of the […]

Encampment and Caravan Highlight Bent's Old Fort Santa Fe Trail Weekend

Encampment and Caravan Highlight Bent’s Old Fort Santa Fe Trail Weekend

The busy days of the Santa Fe Trail will come back to life the weekend of June 4 – 5 as Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site hosts an encampment and trail caravan.  Over 40 living history interpreters will inhabit the fort and surrounding camps on Saturday, June 4 demonstrating life along the trail.  On […]