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Bentís Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840ís adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and Plains Indian tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. The fort is located in Otero County, near La Junta Colorado. For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major permanent white settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. The fort provided explorers, adventurers, and the U.S. Army a place to get needed supplies, wagon repairs, livestock, good food, water and company, rest and protection in this vast "Great American Desert." Although the food supplies in this kitchen seems scarce, it is just one of the many areas in which cooking took place. The adobe architecture provided built in the wall ovens and many of the fireplaces were used for cooking as well....
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