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Bent's Old Fort

La Junta, Colorado
County of Otero.
West of Las Animas on Colorado 194
National Register Number: 66000254
Resource type: District.
Property type: Defense - fortification. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: CO-4 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: National Historic Site; See www.nps.gov/beol; 719-383-5010.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 19, 1960):
Strategically located for trade with Southern Plains Indians, and the principal stop on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail, the post was the hub of a vast trading network in the 1833-46 era, and a rendezvous for military parties. While a reconstruction of the fort was erected on the original foundations, only the graveyard and archeological sites are part of the National Historic Landmark.

There are no threats to the NHL at this time.

There is no change since the last report.

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