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Fort Union National Monument

  • Address: NM 477
  • Vicinity: 9 mi N of Watrous
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

A Fort For a Young America

Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1862/04/11 John P Slough Union Commander John Slough and Chivington arrive at Fort Union with 1000 Union soldiers
1862/04/11 John M Chivington Union Commander John Slough and Chivington arrive at Fort Union with 1000 Union soldiers
1868/00/00 Gen William N Grier Commander Gen William Grier is assigned command of Fort Union, New Mexico where he will stay until 1870 when the regiment will be transferred to Camp Halleck, Nevada.
1924/11/08 A H Hogeland


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Particulars for Fort Union National Monument:
Historic Use Arms storage
Area of Significance Commerce
Owner Federal
Structure Type Fortification
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Sight Category Site

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th October 1966

Registry Name: Fort Union National Monument
Registry Address: 9 mi. N of Watrous on NM 477
Registry Number: 66000044
Resource Type: Site
Owner: Federal
Area in Acres: 720
Non-Contributing Buildings: 1
Contributing Sites: 2
Non-Contributing Sites: 2
Non-Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Additional documentation
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Monument
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Commerce, Military
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1851, 1891
Historic Function: Defense, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Fortification, Arms storage
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Park

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