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Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Second Fort Bowie

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. Second Fort Bowie Marker
Inscription. Two years after the 1872 peace agreement with Cochise, the great Apache chief died. Several hundred Chiricahuas were relocated on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. However, Geronimo and over a hundred of his followers escaped the roundup, to begin a ten-year period of raining and pillaging on both sides of the border. During this time, Fort Bowie was the hub for military operations against the hostile Chiricahuas.

Arduous “search and destroy” missions into Mexico, by regular troops and specially recruited Apache scouts, finally wore down the Geronimo band. The Chiricahua's last surrender in September 1886 signalled the end of the nation's Indian wars.

Fort Bowie settled into its final, leisurely eight years of existence. Cottonwood trees, planted in 1885, flourished and kerosene street lamps lit pathways between frame buildings. A tennis court graced officer's row. The men attended dances, played baseball, hunted, and held training maneuvers. Fort life was more relaxed.
 
Location. 32° 8.735′ N, 109° 26.181′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail 1 miles south of Apache Pass Road. Touch for map. Marker is located along the trail at the Fort Bowie National
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. Second Fort Bowie Marker
Historic Site. For most visitors access to the fort is via a 1.5 mile hiking trail of moderate difficulty. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quartermaster Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Trader (about 500 feet away); Cavalry Barracks (about 600 feet away); Infantry Barracks (about 600 feet away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Fort Bowie (approx. 0.2 miles away); Apache Spring (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWars, US Indian
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
3. Second Fort Bowie
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1894
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Second Fort Bowie
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 334 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 19, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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