Denver Keeps Holding Down the Fort

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Sounds like the author of "36 Hours in Denver," published in the New York Times on August 10 and geared to the upcoming Democratic National Convention, wasn't completely thrilled with the assignment -- or with doing much fact-checking, either.

The only two restaurants mentioned as potential stops during those 36 hours: the Buckhorn Exchange and the Fort, "where 80,000 buffalo entrees are served annually in what appears to be a 1960s rendition of the Alamo," the Times reports. "The food and service may be as wooden as the decor, but seldom is heard a discouraging word, as the music is turned up real loud."

Not turned up so loud, though, that you can't hear the sound of Sam'l Arnold, the founder of the Fort who passed away two years ago, rolling over in his grave.

After all, he was the one who came up with the idea of building a scaled-down replica not of the Alamo, but of Bent's Fort, the 1840s trading post in southeast Colorado, up in the red rocks southwest of Denver, and turning the place into a restaurant that served historic dishes from the frontier.

And forty years later, the results were impressive enough that the DNC advance team looking over the city/finalists for the 2008 convention stopped by the Fort for dinner -- and were encouraged enough by what they found to ultimately award the convention to Denver. -- Patricia Calhoun

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