Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
In 1833, Charles and William Bent opened a trading post along the Arkansas River, which was then the border between the United States and Mexico. Bent's Fort quickly became a popular stopping point along the Santa Fe Trail. Between the Plains Indians trading buffalo robes, the mountain trappers selling beaver hides, and the constant stream of wagons along the Santa Fe Trail, Bent's Trading Post did very good business.
Bent's Fort was abandoned in 1849, and quickly fell into ruin. In 1976, the National Park Service constructed an exact replica of Bent's Old Fort. It is located a few miles outside of La Junta, Colorado, and is a fascinating place to visit.