Candlelight Tours August 10 2013
Contact: Ron Harvey, 505-425-8025
Twilight on the prairie with Candlelight Tours: "The Forgotten Faces of Fort Union"
Watrous, NM: Fort Union National Monument announces its annual Candlelight Tours event on August 10, 2013. The event is FREE to the public. During this evening event visitors will be guided through the fort, and, through a series of skits performed by costumed interpreters, will discover the intimate and compelling stories of those that once lived and worked at the fort. Tour times are 7:15PM, 7:45PM, 8:15PM, 8:45PM, 9:15PM, 9:30PM, and 9:45PM. "Here is a great opportunity to visit and enjoy your backyard national park" said Superintendent Charles Strickfaden "as we travel back in time to the early days of New Mexico’s history."
This is a fee free event but each group is limited in size to 15 visitors per tour time. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot on a tour, please contact the Monument. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket. Flash photography is allowed only during the 7:15PM tour.
Did You Know?
The community of Loma Parda, a few miles from Fort Union, was a favorite hangout for soldiers. Julian Baca's dance hall, with its casino and cantina, was the center of social life. Two orchestras played in 12-hour shifts and soldiers danced with local women.