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Fort Burgwin

(nr Ranchos de Taos NM) Fort Burgwin is a reconstructed 1850s cavalry fort a fews miles south of town, established in 1852 for the 1st US Dragoons. The building exteriors resemble the original construction, but the insides are modern. The fort grounds, along the Río Grande del Rancho, are now the Taos campus of Southern […]

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Fort Bayard

(Santa Clara NM) Fort Bayard was begun in 1866 to protect miners, traders, travelers, and settlers from the Apache natives who didn’t appreciate them taking over their traditional lands. Buffalo Soldiers assigned there played an important role in the Indian Wars. General Crook, Lieutenant Pershing, and Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Greaves served there, as […]

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Fort Bowie

Fort Bowie

(nr Bowie AZ) Fort Bowie was built in Apache Pass between the Chiricahua and Dos Cabezas Mountains near a natural spring. The site was originally occupied by the Butterfield Overland Stage Station, and the Apaches worked with the settlers peacefully. Until a cocky Army lieutenant falsely accused Chocise and his band of a crime. The […]

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