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Also in the southwestern part of New Mexico is Fort Selden State Monument. Fort Selden was established in 1865 in an effort to bring peace to the south central region of the territory. The fort was built of adobe on the banks of the Rio Grande, and housed units of the U.S. Infantry and Cavalry. The fort also housed several units of "Buffalo Soldiers" and porotected settlers in this region from bandits, Apaches and other threats. As a child, the famous general Douglas MacArthur lived here while his father was the post commander in the late 1880s. This is not part of the NM State Park system so if you have a State Park Pass you still have to pay the $3 admission fee. The visitors center has a nice museum and an informative short film about the fort and its history.

For more information, see my Fort Selden Page coming soon.

Directions: Radium Springs, NM. I-25 Exit 19, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, NM
Website: http://www.nmmonuments.org/inst.php?inst=10

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  • Written May 12, 2009
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