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''All the Camp was Weeping'' George Bent and the Sand Creek Massacre
Article gives the history of George Bent, halfbreed son of trader William Bent and his Indian wife Owl Woman, as well as his involvement with the Sand Creek Massacre which happened on November 29, 1864....
A Sketch of the Boone-Bent Families
Narrative article about the friendship between William Bent and Albert Boone and their families, by the author, a grandson of Albert G. Boone.
Bent's Old Fort and Its Builders
Photos and article about Bent's Fort in southeastern Colorado as a stop near the Santa Fe Trail and its builders (mainly members of the Bent family of Missouri) and other traders there such as mountain...
Biographical chapter in the book about Charles Bent (1799-1847), "fur trapper and trader, Santa Fe trader, part owner of Bent's Fort on the Arkansas [River], and governor of New Mexico." He was a native...
Dedication of the Bent-Ward Home
May 29, 1905
Program for "the dedication of the Historical Marker Honoring the Bent-Ward Home" sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1976.
Interesting Bits of History
March 1, 1945
Two paragraphs about the site of the two-story house built by William Bent in the later Colorado portion of Kansas Territory just before his death in 1869, "two miles east of Las Animas," later torn down....
Letters and Notes From or About Bent's Fort, 1844-45
November 1, 1934
Quotations from the St. Louis Reveille starting with June 6, 1844 to September 16, 1845. Mentions the Bent family and Bent's Fort and their trading activities.
Life at Bent's Fort
Abridged reprint of an article originally published in Forest and Stream magazine in 1910. The article describes day-to-day life at Bent's Fort. Topics covered include: holiday celebrations at the fort,...
Over the Santa Fe Trail through Kansas in 1858
Translated chapters from the autobiographical book by Heinrich Balduin Mollhausen, or Heinrich Mollhausen recalling his 1858 journey from Santa Fe to Leavenworth, Kansas along the Santa Fe Trail, encountering...
May 23, 1905
Copy of a painting and description of Owl Woman, or "Mis-stan-star," a Cheyenne Indian woman and first wife of William Bent in 1845.
Seth E. Ward Residence
Photos, maps, and information about the former farm of western trader William Bent (1809-1869), later part of the Seth Ward (1820-1903) residence at 1022 West 55th Street, adjacent to and overlapping Loose...
Seth Ward House
Exterior street level view of the Seth E. Ward house located at 1032 West 55th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Also shows a small portion of the north building directly behind the house. Land originally...
The Search For Adaline Harvey Bent - The Fourth and Basically Unknown Wife of William Bent
Footnoted paper which gives basic information about William Bent and his family with particular emphasis on Adeline Harvey Bent, his fourth and last wife. She was the daughter of fur trader Alexander Harvey...
The W. M. Boggs Manuscript About Bent's Fort, Kit Carson, the Far West and Life Among the Indians
March 1, 1930
This manuscript was written by William M. Boggs, about 1905, at the request of Harry L. Lubers. W. M. Boggs was the son of Gov. Lilburn W. Boggs of Missouri and was born at or near Fort Osage in 1826....
Tracing the Santa Fe Trail
This book on the Santa Fe Trail provides full-color images and "historical commentary to create a photographic journey that adroitly blends past and present." The chapters include Missouri Landings and...
A brief look at the Bent-Ward home at 1025 W. 55th Street. Although listed on the National Historic Society Registry in 1963, the house is still privately owned and maintained. The original home was owned...
June 20, 1905
Photo (of William Bent) and entry about the Bent brothers and their fur trading operations partially under Bent, St. Vrain & Company, the "[l]argest United States business firm in the Southwest." Descriptions...
May 14, 1905
Photo of William Bent in 1869 at Fort Dodge with Arapaho Indians.
May 21, 1905
Photo and chapter of the book about William Bent (1809-1869), a prolific fur trapper, Indian trader, mountain man, and Santa Fe Trail freighter.
William Bent's Family and the Indians of the Plains
January 1, 1936
Article contains accounts of William Bent and the Bent family as mentioned by a granddaughter, Ada Lubers and Ed Guerrier, the husband of Julia Bent.
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