Fort Sumner in De Baca County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Named for the fort built in 1862 to guard the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation, the town of Fort Sumner grew out of settlements clustering around the Maxwell family properties. It moved to its present site with the construction of the Belen Cutoff of the Santa Fe Railroad around 1907.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 34° 27.707′ N, 104° 12.854′ W. Marker is in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in De Baca County. Marker is on State Road 60 at milepost 329.5, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Sumner NM 88119, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Sumner (approx. 2.7 miles away); Old Fort Sumner and “Billy the Kid’s” Grave Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.