“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Blockhouse Ruins

Prince Park

The Blockhouse Ruins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
1. The Blockhouse Ruins Marker
Inscription.  The large mounds you see on the rise in front of you are the eroded remains of the walls of Fort Marcy's blockhouse. It was built in 1846-1847 on the highest place on Fort Marcy hill for use as a guardhouse and soldiers' quarters. Unlike the fort, blockhouse designer Gilmer ordered that the walls be constructed of sun-dried adobe bricks made in town by local workmen. The timber ceiling was covered with 2 to 3 feet of dirt. The interior walls were finished with white lime plaster.

"Nothing was left of Fort Marcy. Even the adobe walls had fallen. It was strange to stand there that evening where I had played more than eighty years before. Was it imagination, or did I hear voices? The half-remembered voices of children…or was it the sound of wind sighing down over the mesa?"

Marion Sloan Russell, 1850s resident of Santa Fe, revisited the city during the 1930s.

"Fort Marcy had been in ruins many years, but an old two-story building still stood there. Inside the building was another smaller one that was supposed to have been used by sharp shooters during the Mexican War. Erosion was opening
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many of the graves…"

Marion Sloan Russell

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·By the time this photo was taken in 1912 the old fort walls had become low mounds.

·Pictured are the ruins of an adobe building. After construction at Fort Marcy ceased in 1847, rain and wind began to wear away the high dirt walls. By the mid-1850s, children had claimed the fort as a playground, where they could conduct pretend battles among the ruins. By the 1880s, world-renowned Southwest archaeologist and Santa Fe resident Adolph F. Bandelier was intrigued with the ruins. He reported on his visits to the fort, and made detailed notes about the artifacts he discovered.
Erected by National Park Service, City of Santa Fe and State Historic Preservation Division.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 35° 41.367′ N, 105° 55.894′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Kearney Avenue south of Prince Avenue. It is on a trail that leads to Cross of the Martyrs. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 Kearney Ave, Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Witnessed from Fort Marcy Hill (here, next to this marker); Invasion of Santa Fe (here, next
The Blockhouse Ruins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
2. The Blockhouse Ruins Marker
Marker is on the far right
to this marker); First Army Fort in the Southwest (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Historic Fort Marcy (within shouting distance of this marker); L. Bradford Prince (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); To the Future (about 400 feet away); 1985 (about 400 feet away); 1982 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Dec. 8, 2023