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Sep 26, 2014 - Fort Union National Monument

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Mar 6, 2012 - Fort Union

We then decided to head over to Fort Union National Monument. Next summer when we go to Colorado we will swing down into New Mexico and pick up Capulin Volcano. It is just too far for this trip, especially with the weather turning bad. When New Mexico became U.S. territory garrisons were placed throughout the southwest as the guardian of the Santa Fe Trail. In 1851 as settlers began arriving in the area it was determined that a centrally located fort would be better than several separate garrisons. The fort was not placed in a strategic...

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May 12, 2009 - Fort Union National Monument

Today we took another side trip from Santa Fe to Fort Union, northeast of Santa Fe off of I-25. There were two forts built, beginning in 1851, before the 3rd and largest fort was completed. It is the ruins of this 3rd fort that can be seen today. The fort helped maintain civil law and order, protected settlements, travelers, and transportation and communication routes (i.e., Santa Fe trail) as a result of the occupation of New Mexico. It was also a major supply center for many other forts in the southwest. The fort lasted for 40 years until...

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NM AZ - Spring 2009