This is another post in the “best of the best” category. This time it is about my favorite western fort. Bent’s Old Fort was a commercial fort not a military one. For those of you who are old enough to remember the TV mini-series Centennial this fort was the foundation of the early parts of that series. They have done a fabulous job of recreating what was probably there originally. I can almost feel the presence of those past trappers and native Americans to traded there.
Bent’s old fort is located near La Junta Colorado which is quite a distance from any interstate highway so it probably doesn’t get the visitors that it really deserves. But if you want to understand the early years of the west you should visit there. I have been there twice and plan on going again in the not too distant future.