May 17-18, 2014 – We attended an open house at Fort Uncompahgre near Delta, CO. The fort is a re-creation of one of Antoine Robideaux’ fur trading posts. It was in operation from 1828 -1844. I ran the blacksmith shop and worked as fort carpenter. Violet did a mess of cooking for us all. Fort Uncompahgre was built by Bill Bailey back in the 1990’s and is in need of some repair and revitalization. Violet and I were invited by Bill along with Sam Piscotta, Michael Schaubs, Tom Karnuta, Jim Sebastian, Steve Chin, Darko, and Tracker to help bring the fort back to life. We helped Bill put the finishing touches on his Red River cart.
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