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From the Bent's Fort Chapter of Santa Fe Trail Association

The New Year will start off with the Bent's Fort Chapter Annual Meeting on January 13 at the J.W. Rawlings Heritage Center in Las Animas. The meeting will begin at 11 AM followed by a catered lunch (cost $???). Joanne Vancoevern will be the guest speaker. The February 17th meeting will again focus on books telling about the people, life and events along the Santa Fe Trail.  Plan to meet at the Lamar Community Building (610 S. 6th St.) at 11 AM. Come enjoy visiting, listening to the "Love to Read Along the Santa Fe Trail" panel and enjoy a catered lunch.
March 10th will find us touring Bent's Old Fort as well as the Fort archives. This will be a half-day event. Feel free to bring along a sack lunch to enjoy in the picnic area. On April 14 we'll head to Boggsville for the annual clean-up day. So save a few rags to bring along with your cleaning supplies, rakes and a little "elbow grease" to help make Boggsville shine.
The Emick & Sons Ranch south of Lamar will be dedicating the portion of the Granada/Ft. Union Military Road that goes through their ranch in late May (date to be announced).  The Chapter has been invited to join in the celebration. This should be a great day to learn more the early history of SE Colorado. June will find us venturing south to Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. This will be an overnight trip as we explore the lands once ranched by Charles Goodnight, find the ruins of the Adobe Wall, and possibly see the Texas play. So set aside the dates of June 15-17 and plan to join this unique experience.
Once again we'll go to the Grand Theatre in Rocky Ford on July 14 for a Chapter meeting and speaker presentation.   The 2017 August trip to Trinidad and Stonewall has been re-scheduled for August 11, 2018.
Proposed stops on this tour will be the Bar NI Ranch in Stonewall where Captain and Marion Sloan Russell homesteaded around 1871 and we will visit her grave in a beautiful mountain setting.    
The 2018 Rendezvous will take place September 20-22in Larned, KS. This will be a great time to see our friends from the other chapters as well as learn more about the early Trail days. October 13 will find us exploring seldom seen areas around Kim, CO. Tom Coffield, Lee Fullbright and Kevin Lindahl have found some unique places to share with Chapter members. The Education meeting will take place on November 10.
With lots of great and new events planned for 2018, it should be another year of fun, learning and exploration. Looking forward to seeing you on the Trail.


Time to Visit Local Museum     

With summer heat and sometimes unpredictable weather it's a good time to think about visiting your local museum.  Or perhaps you want to make a day of it, travel out of the area, go out for a meal and take in a museum in your travels.

Here are some ideas --   

Big Timbers Museum:  Located at 7515 Hwy 50 in Lamar, Colorado (as Hwy 50 turns in Lamar), the museum offers local history along with a collection of old time farm equipment and antique cars.

JW Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum:  Stop by the museum in Las Animas and tour the early history of Bent County.  Among the clothes items worn by early pioneers is a leather shirt worn by Kit Carson.  

Otero Museum:  Along with many artifacts in the main building, don't forget to find the old stagecoaches located in an out building.  The museum is located at 706 W 3rd in La Junta.

Trinidad History Museum: You can wander through the museum for free or go through the Bloom and Baca houses first for a fee.  Either way, there's lots of local artifacts and history to see and enjoy.  The houses and museum are at 300 E Main St, Trinidad.

Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum:  There was amazing aquatic life in the Trinidad area millions of years ago.  Along with early pioneer history, many replicas of the fish that once swam the ocean waters near Trinidad can be found in the museum displays.  The museum is situated on the Trinidad College at 600 Prospect St.

Ft. Garland Museum (29477 Hwy 159):  Looking for a getaway to some place cooler, then a trip to Ft. Garland with a stop at the museum may be just what you're looking for.

Heading to Pueblo you have lots of choices but two museums to visit are the El Pueblo History Museum (301 N. Union Ave.) and The Pueblo Heritage Museum (201 W. B St.).  Here you'll find lots of native and

pioneer history. Come see 

 the Carlisle piano, the first piano in the state of Colorado.  And did you know that Colorado once was the saddle-making capital of the world? Also,   

across the street from the Heritage Museum is the renovated Union Station well worth a visit 


And of course, two of the favorite places in the area are Bent's Old Fort and Boggsville.  If you haven't been to Boggsville lately, you may not know that they have now furnished the two homes with period furniture.  Come see!

These are just some ideas.  There are more historic places in SE Colorado well worth a visit.  Wishing you fun, safe, and informative travels. 



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