Fort Union National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service located in Watrous, New Mexico, USA. The national monument was founded on April 5, 1956. The National Park Service (NPS) is the United States Federal Government agency that deals with all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation properties with various designations. ... English national monument Irish national monument U.S. National Monument This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (96th in leap years). ... 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday. ...
The site preserves the second of three forts constructed on the site beginning in 1851, as well as the ruins of the third. Also visible is a network of ruts from the old Santa Fe Trail. Events January 23 - The flip of a coin determines whether a new city in Oregon is named after Boston, Massachusetts, or Portland, Maine, with Portland winning. ... The Santa Fe Trail was an important route in the western United States, leading from Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. ...
http://www.nps.gov/foun/index.htm - NPS web page for the site
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The importance of FortUnion during that time period still remained high not only because it was the main supply and munitions depot in the southwest but also because of the need to keep the Santa Fe Trail open despite Apache and Navajo uprisings.
FortUnion Arsenal New Mexico is situated one mile due west of FortUnion on a reservation belonging to the ordnance department, one half-mile extent.
FortUnion may have lacked the flair and excitement of a cavalry charge, or the heroics of an infantry platoon.
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