Bents Old Fort Historical Encampment For The SFTA Bicentennial Symposium Underway


Description: A Saint Vrain & Company Hunter Demonstrates How To Properly Load a Flint-Lock Rifle During the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Symposium at Bents Old Fort National Historic Site in La Junta, Colorado.

Bents Old Fort Historical Encampment For The SFTA Bicentennial Symposium

Historic reenactors from across the country representing various walks of life from the 1800's have gathered in La Junta. They are portraying the travelers on the Santa Fe Trail and residents of Bent's Old Fort during the year 1843. It's all part of celebrating 200 years on the Santa Fe Trail during the Bicentennial Symposium.

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St. Vrain & Co. hunters live an active life. They are tasked with providing enough food for the occupants of Bent's Old Fort. A full contract with St. Vrain & Co. allows the hunters to keep buffalo tongue, horns, and various parts and sell them back to the company, which in turn ships them back east. These hunters were weary from working long, hard hours and spent some time by the fire side on the Arkansas River bottom near the fort.

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Living history encampments have sprung up around Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. The event runs through Sunday (9/26/21) morning.

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In just a few hours this Buffalo tongue will be ready to serve. Yum!

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