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Fort Francisco Days
Visit the Fort to celebrate La Veta’s origins during Francisco Fort Days on July 18 and 19!
Saturday traditionally begins with a pancake breakfast fundraiser followed by a full day of music, performances, presentations, and family fun. There will also be food vendors and arts and crafts!
ABOUT THE FORT:
Francisco Fort is the last surviving original adobe fort in the state—and is now home to the Francisco Fort Museum, Huerfano County’s prime historical education facility.
The Francisco Fort Museum houses artifacts representing multiple eras of Huerfano County’s history, including American, Spanish settler, and pioneer artifacts. More specifically, visitors to the museum will view weapons, wagons, saddles, clothing, a one-room schoolhouse, and a saloon from Old La Veta’s Main Street containing the bullet-scarred bar owned by Bob Ford after he shot Jesse James.
Francisco Fort Museum staff and volunteers educate schoolchildren, tourists, and locals about the region’s past through exhibits and the structure itself. In addition to interpreting the plaza area, which includes the original 1862 buildings, the Huerfano County Historical Society oversees a 1880s saloon, the Ritter School, a blacksmith shop, hornos (adobe ovens), and a mining museum.