Guided Tours and Talks
2014 Summer Tour Schedule
Sunday – "Calling Dr. Who" Fort Union was a massive military operation and one of the most important concerns was the health and the integrity of the soldiers. "A sick soldier was a useless soldier" It was important that these soldiers remain healthy in the frontier. There were many doctors that passed through Fort Union. Come learn about five doctors whom had a major influence on medicine during the period and Fort Union.
Monday – "The Red River War 1874: Battle for the Plains" In the panhandle of Texas, in 1874, the government launched a massive campaign against the Kiowa, Comanche, Southern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes of the Great Plains. This campaign, known as the Red River War, would change the Great Plains forever and bring a people and a species to the edge of destruction. Come learn about the military maneuvers and tactics that made up this struggle for the West.
Tuesday – "$ Big Business in New Mexico $" Join a ranger for a 20 minute program on the important role that the Quartermaster had in changing the local "barter" economy and the role the Santa Fe Trail played in distributing these local goods throughout the territory.
Friday - "Plants of the Plains" A variety of plants call the plains of Fort Union National Monument. Some are native while others have ventured in over the years. Come learn about the common plants of Fort Union, their origins, and uses.
Saturday – "The Santa Fe Trail: America's First International Highway" From Native Americans to Spanish Conquistadors, to the US Military, the Santa Fe Trail played a crucial role in commerce, trade, and conquest. Join a ranger for a 25 minute program and learn more of the history embedded deep within the Santa Fe Trail.
Did You Know?
The second Fort Union, also known as the Star Fort, is the only Civil War earthwork in the Southwest. The earthen trenches were designed to block the Santa Fe Trail from Confederate advancement from the south.