Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
"Rich in both military and early Native American history, Fort Abraham
Lincoln was once an important infantry and cavalry post. It was from
this fort that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh cavalry
rode out on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little
Big Horn. Portions of the military post, including the Custer House,
have been reconstructed."
City State Historic Site
South Pass City, WY
City’s first boom came in the summer of 1868. The discovery of the
Cariso Lode, brought thousands of miners, merchants, & entrepreneurs.
Over 2000 people called South Pass City home - for a little while. The
boom looked promising but faltered. When the “color” started to fade
many South Pass City residents fled. However, a core of hangers-on
continued to believe in SPC & worked hard to make ends meet. These
rugged individuals would see other booms come & go but rarely faltered
in their dedication. In 1968, on the town’s centennial, a group of
Wyoming citizens donated the town to the State of Wyoming. Today, South
Pass City is an authentic glimpse at a community that survived the booms
& busts of gold fever."
Fort National Historic Site
La Junta, CO
Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur
trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders,
trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together
in peaceful terms for trade. Today, living historians recreate the
sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations
and special events."
National Historic Site
"The Grandest Fort on the
Upper Missouri River
Between 1828 and 1867,
Fort Union was the most important fur
trade post on the Upper Missouri River.
Here, the Assiniboine and six other
Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged
buffalo robes and smaller furs for goods
from around the world, including cloth,
guns, blankets, and beads. A bastion of
peaceful coexistence, the post annually
traded over 25,000 buffalo robes and
$100,000 in merchandise."
Museum of the Fur
"Combining an outstanding
collection with meticulous scholarship to interpret the story of the fur
trade, the non-profit museum’s exhibits discuss the fur trade from early
colonial days to the present century and its effect on Indian culture,
the natural environment, frontier life, and the world economy. The
exhibits trace the everyday lives of British, French, and Spanish
traders, voyageurs, mountain men, professional buffalo hunters, and
typical Plains and Woodland Indians. Exhibits include the entire range
of trade goods, including munitions, cutlery, axes, firearms, textiles,
costumes, paints, and beads.The museum, standing on the site of James
Bordeaux’s trading post established for the American Fur Company in
1837, . . . has become an institution whose collections and research are
known and respected worldwide. It provides a unique educational
experience for more than 40,000 visitors every year."
Chelly National Monument, Navajo Nation, AZ.
Pronounced: can-yen duh shay. These canyons are
breathtaking. They have been occupied by Native Americans for 5000
years. Navajo families live in the canyons today.
"Canyon de Chelly National Monument was authorized in 1931 by President
Herbert Hoover... The monument encompasses approximately 84,000 acres of
lands located entirely on the Navajo Nation... The National Park Service
and the Navajo Nation share resources and continue to work in
partnership to manage this special place."
Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
"Nestled in the
coulees of Indian Battle Park, near the Oldman River, lies Fort Whoop Up
— the famous frontier trading post.
It all started in 1869, when American fur
traders brought a wagon train of whiskey and other trade goods north.
They established a stockade, later known as Fort Whoop Up, and made a
ton of profit before the Mounties showed up to rein in the whiskey
Today, the fort still trades with the
aboriginal Blackfoot tribes of Southern Alberta, supplying many
ceremonial goods, hides, sweetgrass, and other items.
Fort Bowie National
Bowie commemorates the
bitter conflict between
Chiricahua Apaches and
the U.S. military. . .
It provides insight into
a 'clash of cultures,' a
young nation in pursuit
of 'manifest destiny,'
and the hunter/gatherer
society fighting to
preserve its existence."
desolate country, and
this spot looks like an
unlikely place to build
a frontier fort. Note
the steep slope of the
parade ground. This must
have been a dismal place
for a soldier to be
posted, but it was the
kind of desert country
in which the Apaches
thrived. When I took
these pictures in 2010
it was hot.
surrendered for the last
time to troops from Fort
Bowie. He, as well as
the Apache scouts used
to track him down, were
sent from the fort to
Florida as prisoners.
Eventually they were
moved to Alabama and
then to Oklahoma.
Boot Hill Museum
West Wyatt Earp Boulevard
Dodge City, KS.
"Boot Hill Museum has over 60,000 objects,
photographs, and documents. The Museum has obtained these over its
lifetime from donations and a limited number of purchases. Most of the
items date from Dodge City's early days in the 1870's through the
1920's, and most belonged to the original residents of Dodge City. Many
items were acquired by Boot Hill Museum from the Beeson Museum when it
closed in 1964. The Beeson family began acquiring much of their
collection in the late 19th century, starting with Chalkley, an owner of
the original Long Branch Saloon. His sons, Merritt and Otero, continued
collecting and opened the Beeson Museum in the 1930's. Originally housed
in the basement of the family home in South Dodge, it was later moved a
few blocks to South Second. Both Beeson Museum buildings no longer
PO Box 8
Mesa Verde, CO 81330-0008
"Mesa Verde, Spanish for 'green table', offers a
spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made
it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park
protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff
dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved
in the United States."
I am fascinated by these ancient people. How they lived,
what they ate, how they dressed, how they spoke, how they thrived, their
culture, their origins, their fate, etc. These people lived at Mesa
Verde for 700 years. That would be about 35 generations. And probably
little changed over those 700 years. One generation lived pretty much
like the last one. Contrast that with our lives today. Think how the
Internet has changed our lives in a single generation.