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Fort Union National Monument, Watrous

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A Fort for a Young Amerca

Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest.
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  • This fort is a great look into old west, the fort was designed to protect the Santa Fe Trail great views of the plains and the Sangre de Cristo mountains also a nice Break from I 25  more »
  • This is a great place - and doesn't charge a fee when I visited. The fort is ruins, but the size is daunting. The Santa Fe trail partially circles the ruins. This is the third and final fort at this l...  more »
  • This was part of a road trip with the 8-yr old grandson in September. This is one of the largest and best preserved old West Forts in the region. Others may be more interesting for their part played i...  more »