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?
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.