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“Surprisingly good museum for a small town”

Fort Garland Museum
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A historic adobe fort that was in service from 1858 to 1883 to keep the peace between local natives and new settlers. It was garrisoned by one company of infantry and one company of cavalry while it operated. This fort was once commanded by Kit Carson and "Buffalo Soldiers" served here from 1876 to 1879 so it has a rich history that is well depicted within the 5 original buildings and reproductions of other buildings that were built by the museum. Many dioramas, period equipment, pictures, and information can be seen on a self-guided tour of the post.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We stayed for the night in Fort Davis and took the opportunity to visit the Fort.
Coming from Blighty, I love the history and stories about the pioneers that crossed America.
The Fort is well preserved, and the information given at the start was very good.
There are two large buildings near the entrance that give a good historical account of the fort and the soldiers that served there, along with the local inhabitants of the surrounding area.
The second building details what the barracks were like and there are some old carriages and artillery pieces that would have been used in that era.
You can walk to some offices quarters across the parade ground, it is quite spread out so expect to spend some time here, its not your quick half hour visit, but its all flat and easy walking.
I particularly like they way they played sound effects of the soldiers on the parade ground along with the bugle calls. They give you a leaflet detailing what the bugle calls mean, which added another dimension to the experience.
A great way to view what life was like all those years ago.

Thank PhilHartley66
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This well-preserved Army fort from the mid-18C is a landmark testimony to the bitter struggles between the early settlers and the indigenous Utes. The soldiers stationed at the fort (1858-1883) had a sole purpose of protecting the early settlers from the hostilities of the natives. The unusually thick (appeared to be at least 2.5-feet thick) clay-and-hay wall and the roof covered with stones indicated that not only the civilian settlers but also the soldiers and the fort buildings were the target of attacks from the native Indians. A brief visit to the fort was a priceless learning experience.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

I learned more about Kit Carson, the Buffalo Soldiers, and more, by visiting this self-guided tour than I ever did in school (or otherwise). The fort has been restored and preserved with care. Photos, artifacts and models tell the story of those who lived and worked in the fort, during and after the time of the Civil war. Genuine Union uniforms hang on hooks in the sleeping quarters, with beds looking ready to be used, and rifles in the gun rack. Spent 2 hours on our tour;very enjoyable and educational.

Thank DebWong51
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Our family of seven loves living history and we enjoyed going inside several of the buildings, some original and some new. Several buildings were closed which was disappointing. You can see everything in an hour, so the price of admission seems steep to me. Adults are $12 and kids are $10. In addition to the actual buildings there are exhibits with descriptions and several audios that try to re create the feel of the time. Of course they have a gift and book store that would most appeal to adults who are history buffs. Have fun walking back in time.

Thank worldtraveler795
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