Often called the “Castle of the Plains” Bent’s Fort was an adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together to trade. Built by William and Charles Bent, along with Ceran St. Vrain, the fort was the only major permanent white settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlement. It provided a place to get needed supplies, wagon repairs, livestock, good food, water and company, rest and protection in this vast

“Castle of the Plaings”.NPS.


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