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Bent's Old Fort

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

As we were driving through Eastern Colorado, we pass a road sign marking a turn to Bent's Fort. Andrew excitedly starts telling us all about Bent's Fort. (I guess he did pay attention in history class.) We turned around and followed the signs. If it weren't for Andrew, we'd have driven by and never known there was something to see.

Bent's Old Fort

William and Charles Bent, along with Ceran St. Vrain, built Bent's Fort in 1833 to trade with Plains Indians and trappers. The adobe fort quickly became the center of the Bent, St. Vrain Company's expanding trade empire that included Fort St. Vrain to the north and Fort Adobe to the south, along with company stores in New Mexico at Taos and Santa Fe. The primary trade was with the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians for buffalo robes.

For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major permanent white settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. The fort provided explorers, adventurers, and the U.S. Army a place to get needed supplies, wagon repairs, livestock, good food, water and company, rest and protection in this vast "Great American Desert". During the Mexican-American War in 1846, the fort became a staging area for Colonel Stephen Watts Kearny's "Army of the West".

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial

We Search for the truth
We seek Justice.
The Courts Require it.
The Victims Cry for it.
GOD Demands it!

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was created to honor those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

The field of empty chairs sits where the Murrah building once stood. Each chair represents a person killed in the bombing. The smaller chairs represent children. Very sobering.

Across the street...

Jesus Wept.