Mel Bacon and Daniel Blegen.
Bacon and Blegen are uniquely qualified to tell the Bent's Fort story. In addition to the experience from long and distinguished careers in education, they have participated in the American West Institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. As costumed interpreters at Bent's Fort Historic Site, they have lived and breathed the life of 1846, even sleeping under the stars on buffalo robes.
Using old diaries and letters, contemporary photographs, and early engravings, the text describes Bentís Fort and explains its significance in lively detail. For travelers to the area, a historically based reconstruction of the fort completed in the 1970s is also described. The volume is a useful and unique addition to the literature of the West for upper elementary students.
—The Horn Book, Inc.
The Santa Fe Trail was a busy route and Bentís Fort provided goods and services for its traders and travelers. Personal accounts make this bustling stop come alive. ...The book is filled with photos, both black and white and full color. Thereís an amazing amount of information in this attractive volume.
—School Library Journal
Bacon and Blegen give the history of the site, including firsthand descriptions excerpted from the diaries of visitors. These comments, along with reproductions of period drawings and photos, offer a revealing look at life in southeastern Colorado circa 1846. ÖThe appended bibliography and index will aid report writers, making this a useful addition to classroom units on the westward movement or Colorado history.
This book should be a resource in every high school economics classroom.
—Dennis Grogan, Program Director, Colorado Council for Economic Education
Ages 11 and up
72 pages; illustrated; bibliography; index
Trim: 8.5" by 11"
Publication date: 2001
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