From the Bent's Fort Chapter of Santa Fe
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 --
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.
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
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
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,
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.
(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
Heading to Pueblo you have lots of choices
but two museums to visit are the
History Museum (301 N. Union
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
And of course, two of the favorite
places in the area are
Bent's Old Fort
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.