Telling the story of the Apache Wars

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A visit to the Fort Bowie National Historic Site in southeastern Arizona requires some effort. It’s a long drive to Cochise County, the last mile on a dirt road, and then a 1.5 mile hike just to get to the remains of the fort. However, it will be a day you won’t soon forget.

Sitting on Apache Pass that separates the Chiricahua Mountains from the Dos Cabezas Mountains, Fort Bowie served as a military post on the Arizona border. He feels as lonely today as he did in the 19th century. And just as calm. There’s nothing left but bones. Stone walls, paths and adobe slabs, like the fins of ancient creatures, rise above the tall grass.

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