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Fort Wingate

National Register of Historic Places, SRCP# 403
Statehood period of significance: 1846; 1860-1912
 

Established in 1860 as a remote frontier outpost, Fort Fauntleroy, later renamed Fort Wingate, protected the interests of farmers, ranchers and businessmen from the sometimes hostile predations of nearby Indians. The fort later became involved in the disastrous experiment at Fort Sumner, processing thousands of Navajos returning to their homelands. The argument over whether to keep the fort going after hostilities had subsided reveals the motivations of those who wanted New Mexico to remain a territory.

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