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Fort Stanton Historic District
Fort Stanton, Lincoln County, New Mexico

Fort Stanton (built 1855) was a U.S. military fort built in New Mexico in the United States. It was established to protect settlements along the Rio Bonito in the Apache Wars. Kit Carson, John "Black Jack" Pershing, Billy the Kid, and Buffalo Soldiers of the 8th and 9th Cavalry all lived here.

Confederate forces occupied the outpost in the beginning of the American Civil War after the post was abandoned with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in the region.
The Mescalero Apache live in the area near the Fort.

Fort Stanton property became America's first federal tuberculosis hospital. In World War II it interned both German and Japanese.

Today, Fort Stanton is a popular site for military reenactments and recreational horse riding. It has over 360 miles of trails and is the venue of an annual endurance riding event that has grown to be 6 days long. Fort Stanton is on BLM land surrounded by the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest.

In 2008, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson announced plans to establish Fort Stanton as a living history venue, Fort Stanton State Monument, and funds to renovate headquarters, officers quarters, and stables.

Fort Stanton is 7 miles southeast of Capitan near U.S. Route 380.

Fort Stanton Historic Marker
Lincoln County, New Mexico

1855-1896
Fort Stanton, named for Captain Henry Stanton, was established to control the Mescalero Apaches. It wa s burned and evacuated by Union troops in 1861, held briefly by the Confederates, and then reoccupied by Colonel Kit Carson for the Union in 1862. Since its abandonment as a military post, it has been used as a hospital.

Fort Stanton Historic Marker is on NM-220 at milepost 13.5, on the left when traveling south.

Fort Stanton Historic Marker
Lincoln County, New Mexico

Established Apr., 1855 by Brig. Gnl. Garland. Named for Capt. Stanton, killed near here in fighting Apaches. One of several forts controlling Indians and aiding westward migration. Partly destroyed, 1861, before a Confederate approach, reoccupied 1863, by Volunteers.

Fort Stanton Historic Marker is on NM-220 at milepost 13.5, on the right when traveling south.

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