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.
Did You Know?
Fort Union was established to protect commercial and military enterprises along the Santa Fe Trail. The fort was strategically positioned near the junction of the Mountain and Cimarron Branches of the trail to better serve their purpose.