|Central firepit or hearth in the Kit Courson house. Notice several things. The firepit is small, but deep and could have held a substantial bed of coals. The area around the firepit is stained by charcoal and ash. Less obvious is the raised plaster rim that surrounds the firepit and helped contain it. The small depressed area where the tape measure is could be a food preparation area. In the upper left corner of the photo is a buffalo rib thought to have been used as a pot stirrer. Photo by David Hughes.