Category: History of The Fort

Warm Up This Winter with The Fort’s Historic Cocktails

Winter has arrived in Colorado and is here to stay for a while. With forecasts below freezing and snow storms in the near future, keep cozy by enjoying some of our favorite warm cocktails.

Trader’s Whiskey

By the time quality whiskey made its way west in the 1860s, the American Indians resisted it and instead preferred the flavor of the liquor they had become accustomed to. When whiskey was brought to be traded at the camps, the chief would sample … Read the entire post >

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Tesoro’s 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Art Market

We had another great year hosting Tesoro’s 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Art Market on the grounds of The Fort. Our guests were accompanied by family, friends, mountain men, artists, dancers and beautiful weather. It was an unforgettable and “waughsome” celebration!

The event was a fun day full of activities for the whole family. Guests were able to experience demonstrations from mountain men and women, trappers and traders. Our mountain men and women paired up with guests to teach them a … Read the entire post >

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Cheers to National Rum Punch Day

Sept. 20 is National Rum Punch Day, and we’re celebrating with one of Sam’l Arnold’s favorite drinks, our 1732 Philadelphia Fish House Punch!

 

Philadelphia Fish House Punch is thought to be one of the oldest punch recipes served in America. Scholars believe the recipe originated in the 1600s, in London, as a farmers’ club punch, and was later served in America at the Fish House Tavern in Schuylkill, Pa.

 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ pints sweet-and-sour syrup
  • ¾
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Back to School at Tesoro Cultural Center

It’s back to school time in Colorado, and Tesoro Cultural Center is excited to welcome visitors for a variety of educational programs. Tesoro is dedicated to offering public education outreach in an effort to preserve Colorado’s rich history and cultural heritage of the 19th-21st century.

Kiowa Curriculum
The Kiowa Curriculum is an oral history video, “The Kiowa People: In Their Own Words,” and includes a companion activity packet. The program features a Kiowa tribal member, John Emhoolah, … Read the entire post >

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Old Forts of the American West

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 >

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Celebrate Peach Season with Our Delectable Peach Flambé Recipe

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 >

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Remembering The Fort’s Founding Father

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 History of Derby Day and a Delicious Drink for Any Day

The Fort's Hailstorm Julep

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 >

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A bear and a dog: The unlikely friendship of Sissy and Lobo

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.Sissy Bear and Lobo

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 >

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Bent’s Old Fort Gives Visitors a Feel for Fur Trade Life

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 >

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