Fort Bowie National Historic Site

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Located in southeast Arizona, the artifacts, ruins and stories about this fort can spark your imagination and take you back to what is was like to live during this time. Fort Bowie was established by the California Volunteers in 1862 after a series of engagements between the California Column and the Chiricahua Apaches. From the Bascom Affair to the Battle of Apache Pass, the amount of historic happenings that occurred right along the 1 ½ mile hike to the fort from the parking lot, is astounding. The hike takes you along the wagon trail used to service the fort during the years the military fought the Apaches. You cross over the Overland Butterfield Stage route, and make your way to the remnants of the fort and the cemetery, as well as the Visitors Center. Both Fort Bowie and Apache Pass site were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, and then became established as Fort Bowie National Historic Park on July 29, 1972. The site is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Location & Local Communities:
Located in Cochise County, the main gateway community destinations for Fort Bowie National Historic Site are Willcox (approx. 35 miles) – a popular wine tasting region, Benson (approx. 70 miles), Bisbee (approx. 120 miles), Douglas (approx. 125 miles), Sierra Vista (approx. 100 miles), Tucson (approx. 120 miles), and Lordsburg, New Mexico (approx. 65 miles).

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