Author: The Fort Storyteller

Fifty-Five Years and Counting

In 1961, Sam’l and Bay Arnold had a dream to build an adobe home outside of Denver so their family could grow up surrounded by fresh air, horseback riding and fishing. While Bay was reading a book about Bent’s Old Fort, she was inspired to create a similar adobe castle in Morrison, Colo.

The Arnolds hired William Lumpkins, a top architect in adobe construction, as well as a contractor from New Mexico. The Fort was first authentic replica of Bent’s … Read the entire post >

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Seasonal Specials at The Fort Restaurant

The Fort Courtyard

Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night destination or a place to treat visiting friends and family,  we invite you to take advantage of our seasonal specials, historic atmosphere and shinin’ times in Morrison, Colo. For reservations, please visit or call (303) 697-4771.

16-oz. T-Bone Steak Special

Keep warm this winter and sink your teeth into our juicy beef T-bone steak now through April 30, 2018 for $39 per person (excludes tax and gratuity).

Beginners: The Fort’s dinner … Read the entire post >

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A Colorado Tradition: National Western Stock Show

For the past 112 years, people have anxiously awaited the arrival of the annual National Western Stock Show. One of Colorado’s most popular tourist attractions, the show is the nation’s premier livestock, rodeo and horse show. Held each January for 16 days, the event features one of the world’s richest professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show. Each year, the show attracts more than 650,000 visitors (via National Western).

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Holiday Traditions at The Fort

‘Tis the season for making memories with family, catching up with friends and enjoying festive food. This holiday season, create new traditions – or celebrate existing ones – with us at The Fort.

Christmas Eve

While our Christmas Eve dinner is sold out this year, be sure to join us from 4-5:30 p.m. for Tesoro Cultural Center’s annual Las Posadas celebration in our courtyard and throughout our grounds. The special holiday event commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to … Read the entire post >

The Fort Recipe: Baked Stuffed Pumpkin

Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be predictable. This year, treat guests to a different tablescape, including one of The Fort’s favorite dishes: Baked Stuffed Pumpkin. Inspired by the American Indians, this recipe utilizes pumpkin – a squash and member of the Three Sacred Sisters – as its main ingredient. Mixing the pumpkin with an array of flavors, including buffalo or ground beef, peppers, sunflower seeds, hot sauce and more, makes for an incredibly comforting dish that guests are sure to … Read the entire post >

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Kids in the Kitchen

Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress of The Fort, credits her mother for igniting her passion for food and cooking at a young age. Kinney spent much of her childhood in the kitchen with her mother, testing out new recipes and flavors for the family to enjoy.

As Kinney’s career in the food industry developed, she maintained a spot in her heart for children in the kitchen. Seen as an opportunity to empower and educate those of a young age, Kinney developed … Read the entire post >

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Fort Recipe: Apple Pie Without Apples

As the end of summer nears, we’re preparing for brisk fall weather and cozy days spent baking at home with some of our favorite recipes.

Fort Robinson in Dawes County, Nebraska was famous for acting as the old Calvary headquarters, but was also well-known for making apple pie without apples. The recipe, a nod to the ingenuity of frontier cooks, substitutes the traditional use of apples for saltine crackers, lemon, eggs and cinnamon. This fall, try a twist on a … Read the entire post >

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Fur Trade Gardens in the West

During the 19th century, many trading forts in the American west found gardens to be a necessary source of fresh food. The selection of crops at each fort depended entirely on what crops were suitable for each specific climate. Crops ranged from sweet corn to watermelon and summer squash to Hidatsa beans.

In the 1960s, Bay Arnold insisted that The Fort Restaurant needed a fur trade garden, just as forts of the old west once had. She discovered the … Read the entire post >

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Road Trip Itinerary: Historic Southwestern Forts

Summer is road trip season, and we’ve mapped out a historic and educational road trip for you and yours to adventure on this summer. The Southwestern region of the United States was once a breeding ground for adobe forts, which served as a commercial place for merchants, hunters and trappers to conduct trade and protect their goods. Today, many of these forts have been restored and now serve as must-visit historical monuments. From Colorado to New Mexico and all the … Read the entire post >

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National Bison Month

July marks National Bison Month, celebrating the cultural, historical and economical contribution of North America’s largest land animal.

Bison have roamed our continent for tens of thousands of years. Ancestors of today’s bison existed nearly 120,000 years ago and by the time the first Europeans arrived in the 1600s, estimates are that there were upward of 60 million buffalo living in what today is North America.

The Plains tribes relied on bison for food, clothes, shelter and trade. The indigenous … Read the entire post >

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