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Made some good time the first day driving toward Albuquerque.  After checking out of my hotel in Pueblo, continued South on I-25.  At Raton, NM (just over the Colorado line) I stopped at the Tourist Information building.  They suggested a short side trip to Fort Union.

Fort Union National Monument is located 8 miles off I-25 at exit 366 at Walrous, NM.  (Nearest services are in Las Vegan, NM - 28 miles South).

Fort Union was established to guard the Santa Fe Trail (check out the ruts in the earth still visible in the area).  The first fort was constructed in 1851.  Over its 40 year histor, 3 different forts were constructed in the area.  The last fort was a bustling millitary supply depot.  Fort Union was an important facility for the New Mexico Territory.  The arrival of the Atchison, Topeks, and Santa Fe Railroad made the Santa Fe Trail obsolete.  The fort was abandoned in 1891.

Scavengers, vandals, weather, and time toos its toll on the ruins of Fort Union.  Fortunately, groups advocated to save the ruins.  In 1956 Fort Union National Monument was established.

Below are most of the photos I took duirng my visit to Fort Union.  For additional information, see the Nationail Park Service web site.

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