In 1866, Congress passed a bill reorganizing the
US Army. Two US cavalry regiments (the Ninth
and Tenth) and four infantry regiments were
designated for blacks.
The Indians called them "Buffalo Soldiers"
because their hair resembled the fur of the
buffalo & in recognition of their fighting spirit.
The Ninth Cavalry was stationed at Fort Stanton
to control the Apache Indians.
The fort was commanded at one time by Kit
Carson. Black Jack Pershing was stationed there
on two occasions. Since it closed as an army
post, Fort Stanton has been used as a hospital, a
school and a correctional facility.
In 2007 Ft. Stanton was designated as a State
Monument. A museum on the grounds opened
in June, 1997. Ft. Stanton is about 25 miles
from Ruidoso on the way to Lincoln.
2015 Fort Stanton Live! Are you a history buff?
Don't miss Fort Stanton
Live! celebrated each
August in conjunction with
Old Lincoln Days.
Guided & Candlight Tours
Native American Dances
Live Music & Concessions
Sat., July 11th 9am-8pm
Sun., July 12th 9am-noon
Fort Stanton Museum
MUSEUM HOURS March - December
Monday-Saturday: 10-4 pm
To Arrange Tours
Fort Stanton, Inc., P.O. Box 1
104 Kit Carson Rd Fort Stanton, NM 88323