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The Fort Lowell Historic Site and Museum has been operated by the Arizona Historical Society since 1963. Their mission is to portray military life on the Arizona frontier through the museum's exhibits.

Camp Lowell was established on the outskirts of Tucson in 1866. However, because of unsanitary conditions, in 1873 the camp was moved seven miles (11 kilometers) northeast of Tucson and re-established as Fort Lowell. The role of the military stationed at the fort was to escort wagon trains, protect settlers, guard supplies, patrol the Mexican border, and conduct campaigns against the Apaches. Once the frontier was properly settled and tamed, the fort's usefulness vanished, and it was closed in 1891.

Nowadays, in addition to the museum, the grounds contain ruins of the fort's outbuildings. The old adobe-brick structures are protected from the elements with makeshift roofs (pictured here).

Directions: The Fort Lowell Historic Site and Museum is located at 2900 North Craycroft Road, northeast of downtown Tucson.

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  • Updated Aug 27, 2007
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