Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, New Mexico

A few days ago while my Ford Bronco II was in the shop for a transmission rebuild, I drove the motorhome the about seven miles east from Silver City, New Mexico to Fort Bayard.

The fort site was chosen in 1863 for its springs and outstanding view of the Apache war trails. The fort was established in 1866. In 1899, the Army deactivated Fort Bayard and established it as a tuberculosis hospital and research center. In 1922, the hospital was transferred to the Veterans Bureau, which became part the new Veterans Administration in 1930. The last patient was transferred to another hospital in November, 2010.

The first known internment in the cemetery was Sergeant David H.Boyd of the 3rd U.S. Calvary, buried in 1866. The cemetery was designated a National Cemetery in 1973.

To read the complete history of Fort Bayard…click this Wikipedia link…

To read the history of the Fort Bayard National Cemetery…click this Wikipedia link…

Here are some photos I took at Fort Bayard…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

To see the other 26 photos that I took…click this link…

Visiting old military installations is another of my enjoyments as a full-time RVer!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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