Fort Garland

Fort Garland (HM1CHZ)

Location: Blanca, CO 81123 Costilla County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 25.433', W 105° 25.901'

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The Soldier's Life
Fort Garland housed infantry and cavalry units. During the 1870's the famed Buffalo Soldiers—African-American cavalrymen—were also posted here. For all soldiers—and their families—life at Fort Garland was often dull, sometimes dangerous, but never easy. A civilian who visited the post remarked that despite its remoteness "frontier life suggests a poetic expansiveness, but to the soldier it usually involves a career of humdrum routine.

To protect the valley's Hispanic settlers against Indian attacks, the U.S. Army established Fort Massachusetts in 1852 near Blanca Peak, which towers just north of here. But the fort was too remote to be effective, so in 1858 the Army put up a new post — Fort Garland — a portion of which you see immediately across the road. Built largely of adobe, the new fort stood guard over the San Luis Valley and its people until abandoned in 1883. The Colorado Historical Society invites you to visit Fort Garland, which has been preserved as a museum.
Series This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series
Marker Number190
Year Placed1996
Placed ByColorado Historical Society and the DOT Colorado
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 461804 N 4141984
Decimal Degrees37.42388333, -105.43168333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 25.433', W 105° 25.901'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 25' 25.98" N, 105° 25' 54.06" W
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Area Code(s)719
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2947 CO-159, Blanca CO 81123, US
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