Tuesday, May 12, 2015

So much history at Fort Stanton, New Mexico

Susie Brinegar becomes a soldier
Officers quarters
In 1855, the U.S. Army established Fort Stanton as an Infantry and Cavalry post to protect settlers in the New Mexico Territory. Featuring over 155 years of history ranging from its beginnings as a military garrison to a Marine Tuberculosis Hospital, to WWII internment camp, to a training school for the mentally disabled, to a drug/alcohol re-hab facility to a low security women's prison, it was a fascinating stop on our Historical League tour.  It is currently a state monument and museum, visited by tens of thousands of tourists each year.
Dressed in authentic military uniform including wool
pants, our tour guide Sargeant Larry Pope was very
knowledgeable and entertaining.