• Ruins of Fort Bowie

    Fort Bowie

    National Historic Site Arizona

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Fort Bowie ruins

Ruins of Fort Bowie

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For more than 30 years Fort Bowie and Apache Pass were the focal point of military operations eventually culminating in the surrender of Geronimo in 1886 and the banishment of the Chiricahuas to Florida and Alabama. It was the site of the Bascom Affair, a wagon train massacre, and the battle of Apache Pass, where a large force of Chiricahua Apaches under Mangus Colorados and Cochise fought the California Volunteers.

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Did You Know?

Apache Spring

Apache Spring, control of which prompted General James Carleton to establish Fort Bowie, supported the first Fort Bowie and still runs today.