As settlers moved west in the 19th century, forts were established for a variety of reasons. Some were built on the basis of anticipated use for protection, others as a way to protect commerce along the trails. Contrary to popular belief, however, most American west forts weren’t built to protect the settlers from Indians. They were instead built as a way to maintain peace across tribes, as well as between American Indians and emigrants.
While some of the original … Read the entire post >
Peach season is a highly anticipated time of year in Colorado. With a rich and sweet flavor, it is no doubt that peaches have become one of the most popular fruits during the summer season. Colorado peaches get their intense sweet-tart flavor from ripening during warm days and cool nights in the Rocky Mountains.
Holly Kinney, daughter of Sam Arnold, recalls peach season at The Fort being a favorite memory of hers. Back in the 1960s, the famous Colorado peaches … Read the entire post >
The Fort’s founders Samuel and Elizabeth Arnold were both avid historians, and felt a true connection to the American West. The couple wanted to raise their children in the foothills outside Denver, and dreamed of building an authentic adobe home there. Elizabeth, lovingly known as Bay, was struck by the architecture and history of Old Bent’s Fort while reading a history book, and suggested she and Sam build a true replica of the adobe Castle of the Plains to be … Read the entire post >
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The Kentucky Derby has a rich history behind it—and our take on the perfect Derby Day cocktail, the Real Georgia Man Mint Julep, does, too!
Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., grandson of famed frontier explorer William Clark, fell in love with thoroughbred horse racing during a trip to Paris and decided to bring it to his home state of Kentucky. He founded the Louisville Jockey Club in 1872, and built Churchill Downs shortly after. The first Kentucky Derby was held in … Read the entire post >
Pahponee, a self-taught clay artist and descendant of the Kickapoo and Potawatomi Nations, will host “Native American Pottery Ideology,” a free hour-long lecture at the Goodson Recreation Center (6315 S. University Boulevard) on Monday, May 9, from 3-4 p.m. The award-winning potter is an avid supporter of Morrison, Colo.’s Tesoro Cultural Center, and presents her work at the nonprofit’s annual Indian Market & Powwow; the finished pieces displayed at “Native American Pottery Ideology” will be exhibited for sale at … Read the entire post >
On May 14 and 15, Tesoro Cultural Center will host its sixteenth annual Indian Market and Powwow. Held on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, near Morrison, just off 285 and Highway 8, the weekend-long celebration includes powwow performances and competitions, as well as Colorado’s largest authentic American Indian juried art show, featuring nationally acclaimed artists.
At 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, festivities begin with the customary Gourd Dance. Following the dance at 11 a.m.—and new to the event … Read the entire post >
The Arnold family built The Fort as their home, and it’s where they raised their family, including two four-legged best friends. For now-proprietress Holly Arnold, The Fort was the backdrop to a childhood filled with wonderful experiences—including growing up with Lobo, the German Shepherd, and his best friend, Sissy, an American black bear.
Lobo found his way to the Arnolds after a life of abuse—or rather, they found him! While living in Denver during the construction of The Fort, Sam … Read the entire post >
Carpenters, blacksmiths and trappers, oh my! This past March, “Frontier Skills Day” at Bent’s Old Fort invited visitors to step back in time more than 180 years, and live a day as frontiersmen through an immersive role-play experience. Hosted by the National Park Service, the March 19 event put visitors to the test with survival activities such as adobe brick-making, frontier cooking, fur trading and learning Indian sign language.
“Frontier Skills Day” reenacted the bustling life of the historic fort, … Read the entire post >