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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
2008.
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.

Condition:
There are no threats to the NHL at this time.

There is no change since the last report.


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