Nearly 70 Fur Trade Re-Enactors Descend On Bent’s Old Fort

September 25, 2015
Photo: Fur Trade 6 | Manning the store(Megan Verlee/CPR News)
Two historical interpreters review inventory in the fort store. Ledgers from trading posts like Bent’s give historians and re-enactors vital clues into the equipment frontiersman relied on from year to year.

Re-enactors are committed to really living out history, but authenticity doesn't come cheap: Replica firearms generally cost well over $1,000 and historically-accurate leathers can come in at $20 a square foot. Read and listen to the full story to learn why they do it.