Wordy Wednesday #444: “Fort Vasquez”

Ft Vasquez

Fort Vasquez is a former fur trading post that’s located 35 miles northeast of Denver that was founded by Luis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette in 1835. They built the fort in 1835 after obtaining a trading license from William Clark, the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. They traded with other furriers, trappers, mountain men and Native American tribes including Arapaho and Cheyenne), amidst competition with other trading posts. Unable to turn a profit, they sold Fort Vasquez to Lock and Randolph in 1840 who subsequently went bankrupt and abandoned the structures in 1842.

It was restored by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. The present day Fort Vasquez located on Highway 85 near Platteville, Colorado is a reconstruction of the original adobe trading post. History Colorado took possession of the property in 1958 and runs it as a museum to display exhibits of the fur-trade era.

This is a view of the corner of the wall of Fort Vasquez. Camera was the Pentax K100D Super and lens was the DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 set at 16mm. Exposure was 1/320 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200.



My out-of-print book Creative Digital Monochrome Effects is still available and (I think anyway) is a fun read. It’s available from Amazon for less than six bucks or as a used book for the bargain price of $2.50.

Author: Joe Farace

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