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Fort Selden State Monument, Radium Springs

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  • My husband and I went to Fort Selden State Monument on a Monday afternoon. The fort is closed on Monday & Tuesday, but you can see the fort fairly well from the main road (Fort Selden road). There was...  more »
  • This was my 3rd trip to Fort Selden, a lot of History at this place. I would like to see this place preserved for future Generations, this is the missing part if you take the journey throughout the Fo...  more »
  • Well I am not that much up on US history as we are Aussies - but we found this very interesting and sad. Sad that the forte is ruins (still worth visiting) as neglect when the fort was abandoned There...  more »
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  • The interpretive center is really informative, and you really get a good feel for what life was like in this part of the New Mexico Territory in its earlier days. The Buffalo Soldier exhibit was particularly enlightening. While there are no tour guides to show you the ruins, the self-guided tour is fascinating nonetheless. The only negative is that what remains of the ruins isn't really stabilized, meaning that what's left of the adobe walls will eventually melt into the earth.
  • Fort Selden - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Fort Selden was a United States Army post, occupying the area in what is now Radium Springs, New Mexico located in Doña Ana County, 12 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was established in 1865 at the Paraje de Robledo in an effort to bring peace among the varied inhabitants in the south central region of present-day New Mexico. It was named in honor of Col. Henry Raymond Selden who had served many years in New Mexico Territory before and during the American Civil War and had died of illness in Doña Ana County, and buried at Fort Union on February 2, 1865. The primary intent of the fort was to protect settlers and travelers in the Mesilla Valley from attacks by desperados and Mescalero Apache Indians. Built near the banks of the Rio Grande, the adobe fort housed units of U.S. Army Infantry and Cavalry. The first troops to occupy the fort were companies of the 125th US Colored Infantry Regiment, a group of African-American enlisted soldiers from Kentucky who had been mustered into the Union Army near the close of the American Civil War. Several of the units assigned later, including the 38th Infantry Regiment, 9th US Cavalry and 10th US Cavalry, all composed of black troopers, sometimes referred to as Buffalo Soldiers. As a testament to their bravery, nine Buffalo Soldiers received the Medal of Honor while serving in New Mexico Territory. [4] The U. S. Army established Fort Selden in 1865 for the purpose of protecting westward settlers from Native American raids, the post fell into disrepair after the American Civil War. It was ultimately abandoned in 1891, due in large part to the decision to expand Fort Bliss and the lack of any expenditures for repair of the facility. 4. David Pike, Roadside New Mexico: A Guide to Historic Markers, Revised and Expanded Edition, UNM Press, Aug 1, 2015, 160. Fort Selden Cemetery Other Sources: Billington, Monroe Lee. New Mexico’s Buffalo Soldiers, 1866 – 1900. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1991. Dobak, William A. and Thomas D. Phillips. The Black Regulars 1866-1898. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001. Schubert, Frank N., ed. Voices Of The Buffalo Soldier: Records, Reports, and Recollections of Military Life and Service in the West. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.
  • I love it always good to know about NM history
  • If you are a history buff or enjoy a bit of adventure you may enjoy a visit to Fort Selden, an historical site in Radium Springs, NM! Step back in time when New Mexico was a territory and not a state. Fort Selden was established in 1865 to protect local citizens and settlers traveling through the region. Here you will find ghostly adobe ruins and the stone remains of the prison and court house!
  • There is a fee to see some ruins. No tour guide.

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