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 Fort Garland Trading Post Kit Carson,   Sutter's Fort Trading Post John Sutter,   Fort Laramie Trading Post Sitting Bull,   Fort Rice Trading Post Northern Pacific Railroad,   The Alamo   Fort Hayes Trading Post George Custer,   Fort Snelling Trading Post,   Fort Kearney Trading Post Pikes Peak Express,   Fort Laramie Trading Post Pikes Peak Express,   Fort Laramie Trading Post Red Cloud,   Fort Smith Trading Post Butterfield Overland Stage,   Fort Yuma Trading Post Butterfield Overland Stage,   Fort Robinson Trading Post Crazy Horse,   Fort Leavenworth Trading Post Chief Joseph,   Fort Benton Trading Post Great Gateway,    Fort Smith Trading Post Benjamin Bonneville,   Fort Bridger Trading Post Jim Bridger,   Fort Sill Trading Post Geronimo,   Fort Sumner Trading Post Sacajawea,   Fort Mandan Trading Post Sacajawea,    Fort Laramie Trading Post William Sublette,   Fort Sumner Trading Post Pat Garrett,   Fort Sumner Trading Post Billy the Kid,   Fort Clatsop Lewis and Clark

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Frontier Forts
Forts, Trading Posts, Wooden Stockades, Blockhouses

Frontier Forts

     The term fort is deceiving in the American West as it could mean a military post, a supply camp, barracks, or a civilian trading post.     The location and supply of materials largely dictated what these forts were built of

     Where wood and lumber were readily obtained, the familiar wooden stockades were erected but in the arid southwest adobe walls and buildings were built out of necessity.   Some forts were no more then a few worn out cabins such as Fort Bridger or an abandon mission such as the Alamo

     How the forts were constructed depended on date, location and Indian hostilities at the time. Fort Phil Kearny and Fort Abraham Lincoln were elaborate timbered forts with blockhouses on each corner and extensive barracks

     Fort William was originally a log structure trading post which later was made into an adobe wall and renamed Fort Laramie which the government purchased in 1849 and converted into a military Army post with elaborate fortifications outside the original wall

     Most of the forts are crumbling ruins long age abandoned, some only exist by a bronze marker of their whereabouts during the heyday of the settling of the West

     A few are active military posts,  Fort D. A. Russell now named Warren Air Force Base near present day, Cheyenne, Wyoming and Fort Bliss near El Paso, Texas 

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