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“Surprisingly good museum for a small town”

Fort Garland Museum
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

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 January 3, 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 October 18, 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.

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Reviewed October 17, 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.

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

I used to come here when i was a kid. a lot to learn and very interesting. A lot of learning and kids enjoyed it you can eat lunch on the grass

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