Arizona Picnic Getaway
The real Fort Apache dispels the
movie myth of Old West Army forts.
P.O. Box 628
Fort Apache, Arizona 85926
Phone: (928) 338-1392
Fort Apache is
situated four miles south of Whiteriver, Arizona (headquarters of
the White Mountain Apache Tribe.) To get to Fort Apache, take State
Highway 73 east from Carrizo or south from Pinetop. The Fort is
approximately 22 miles from the turnoff.
Today, the White
Mountain Apache tribe uses many of the Army posts old buildings for
a school and a museum. Major John Green, the U.S. 1st
Cavalry, selected the post site on the south bank of the White
River. He took official command of the post on June 18, 1870. Then,
the Army called the post, Camp Ord after the then Department
commander and Civil War hero General Edward O.C. Ord.
However, on August
1, the Army changed the post name to Camp Mogollon. A few weeks
later September 12, they renamed it to Camp Thomas. This honored
General George H. Thomas. Finally, on February 2, 1871, the Army
called it Camp Apache. It would not be until 1879 that it official
became Fort Apache.
Fort Apache is only
one of the few military forts attacked by a hostile force. After the
Battle of Cibicu, the Apaches thought they had destroyed Colonel
Eugene A. Carr, 6th Cavalry commanded. They quickly
decided to attack the lightly defended Fort Apache. Major Melville
A. Cochran's command, only a 12th Infantry company
protected the post.
movies, stockades protected very few military posts, in the post
Civil War West. The movie Dances With Wolves portrays an
accurate picture of an old military post. They managed to hold the
post under heavy attack until, just as in the movies; Carr and his
cavalry come riding to the rescue.
call (928) 338-4625
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