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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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Oñate Monument

(Alcade NM) The monument recognizes the first Colonial Spanish governor, a conquistador Juan de Oñate of New Spain (now Mexico). Nearby in 1598, he established their first settlement in New Mexico. Later, the government center was moved about 15 miles south at Santa Fe for better access to trade routes and the Camino Real. He […]

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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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