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Monument to celebrate anniversary of Civil War

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Fort Union National Monument announced its annual First Fort Tours that will take place on Saturday. The public may visit the site of the original fort, the “First Fort Union” and see the ruins of the arsenal operated there during the Third Fort, or third period, of Fort Union. Special programs will focus on the 150th Anniversary of the Long Walk of the Navajo and Mescalero Apache, and Fort Union’s role in these tragic events.  

“This a program for the whole family.  It really highlights the early Fort history and important events of the region and New Mexico”, said Superintendent Charles Strickfaden.

Join a ranger for guided programs at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. Visitors and park staff will meet at the Visitor Center 15 minutes prior to the program, then caravan out to the First Fort site. This program is brought to you in partnership with the Fort Union Ranch. Visitor should wear sturdy walking shoes and a hat, as well as bring sun block, snacks and water.

Fort Union (1851-91) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic Fort Union and ruts of the Santa Fe Trail.

The Monument is located 28 miles north of Las Vegas, off I-25.  

For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, ext. 0, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.