|View of Fort Union looking West/Northwest|
The third and final fort was a massive affair, built by contractors as opposed to the other sites build by the soldiers themselves, was like a city. This fort was in use from 1863 to 1891 when the railroad service to the area caused its demise.
During the heyday of the third fort, it was the main supply base for the Military Department of New Mexico, supplying the other six forts, Fort Sumner, Fort Crag, Fort Stanton, Fort Seldon, Fort Bayard and Fort Cummings, with their supplies. There was a hospital that not only treated the soldiers and their families, but the residents of the surrounding area along with the travelers along the Santa Fe Trail.
|Ruins of the Hospital|
Another interesting fact, the third fort had flagstone walkways throughout the interior, which you will notice in some of the photos.Additionally this fort did not have outside walls.
For further information this link will give you a larger overview: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-fortunion.html
You can learn even more about the Santa Fe Trail and Fort Union here: http://www.kansasheritage.org/research/sft/ft-union.htm
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