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Fort Stanton

Remotely situated in a small valley along the swift Rio Bonito in Lincoln County, Fort Stanton was established in 1855 as a redoubt to subdue the Mescalero Apaches. Aside from a brief hiatus during the Civil War, it would play this role, sometimes with terror, for nearly 40 years. It saw action during the Lincoln County War, but by the time of statehood, the frontier military post had outlived its usefulness.

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