Our outing today was to go see Ft. Vasquez. It’s a small reconstructed fort (they used some of the original adobe to rebuild the walls, though the walls are about 5 feet shorter than they were) in the middle of 85 near Platteville. Literally, the fort is straddled by 85 North and South.
We looked around outside, there wasn’t anything going on (they have a homeschool day camp on Mondays, so we might be able to make one of them the week we’re off dance or the week after dance ends.) Inside the docent told us about the fort and then we looked around at the exhibits. It’s a very small fort and museum, but they had some cool things.
The fort was built in 1835 as a fur-trading fort by Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette, who hired mountain men like Jim Beckwourth and Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (son of Sacajawea) at their adobe outpost on the South Platte River frequented by the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Lakota people. They gave us directions to another fort in the area that is gone, but has a marker. So we went off in search of Fort St. Vrain.
This fort was built in 1837 and was managed by Marcellin St. Vrain, brother of Ceran St. Vrain who worked at Bent’s fort and started the new fort. An interesting note is that Marcellin married a 13 y/o who was the sister of Chief Red cloud and niece of Chief Crazy Horse. The fort and river are named after Ceran St. Vrain.
From there we went to Longmont to eat and the cheese shop and take pics (the girls were taking LPS pics.)
From there we went to Devil’s backbone for a hike. This place is notorious for rattle snakes during the Summer, so I had hoped that the cooler weather would keep them at bay – we only saw one and it was dead.
It was sunny, so we worked up a sweat and stopped in to get some ice cream before heading home. Back at home it was grilled cheese for dinner and youth group for Grace.