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Apache Pass
In the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona

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Fort Bowie trailhead

Fort Bowie trailhead

One of the best things about Fort Bowie is that the historic site is not on a highway or in any sort of town, it can only reached by a hiking up the gentle grade past the spring to the pass, the way that Indians, the stagecoach, and the cavalry would have approached it

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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Hardly anything remains at the original site of Fort Bowie

Hardly anything remains at the original site of Fort Bowie

There was briefly a temporary fortification here, the first attempt to control the strategic pass and spring

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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Apache Pass Spring

Apache Pass Spring

This reliable source of water was of utmost importance to the Apache people of this very dry landscape. The Butterfield Stage line crossed the mountains here because of the spring. And finally the cavalry built a post right next to it to protect control the entire area.

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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Foundations of the Butterfield Stage station at Apache Pass

Foundations of the Butterfield Stage station at Apache Pass

Foundations mark the site of the Butterfield Stage resupply station at Apache Pass

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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Fort Bowie, guarding Apache Spring

Fort Bowie, guarding Apache Spring

Fort Bowie, guarding Apache Spring

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: April 2, 2000

Apache wickiup near Apache Pass

Apache wickiup near Apache Pass

A recreation of thatched conical Apache wicki-ups and simple shade shelters near the spring in Apache Pass

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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Ruins of the sutlers store at Fort Bowie

Ruins of the sutlers store at Fort Bowie

The sutlers store was a privately owned retail shop vital to the soldiers stationed at Fort Bowie

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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Foundations of the once grand commanding officer's house at Fort Bowie

Foundations of the once grand commanding officer's house at Fort Bowie

An imposing building once stood here, the official residence for Fort Bowie's commanding officer

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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Barracks at the edge of the Fort Bowie parade ground

Barracks at the edge of the Fort Bowie parade ground

The barracks for lower ranks flanked one side of the parade ground, opposite the officers quarters

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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Cavalry barracks at historic Fort Bowie

Cavalry barracks at historic Fort Bowie

The largest building at Fort Bowie is the long adobe brick building where the soldiers lived

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

Date photographed: March 23, 2014
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