• Ruins of Fort Bowie

    Fort Bowie

    National Historic Site Arizona

History & Culture

Fort Bowie was the focal point for military actions by the US Army against the Chiricahua Apaches for over 20 years. The artifacts, ruins, and written documentation leave a rich historical record. Click on the links above to learn more about the stories and people that make Fort Bowie National Historical Site so unique.

Did You Know?

Heliograph

Heliographs are instruments which use a mirror and sunlight to transmit Morse Code. General Nelson Miles realized that southern Arizona’s mountainous terrain and huge amounts of sunlight would make the heliograph useful in his campaigns from Fort Bowie against Geronimo in 1886.