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

Commanding Officer's Quarters

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. Commanding Officer's Quarters Marker
Inscription. The fort's most elaborate structure, a two story, Victorian-style mansion, was built in 1884-1885 for about $4,000.00. An expensive home at that time! Among its thirteen rooms (originally designed as a duplex) were a drawing room, a sewing room with skylight, a dining room, and seven bedrooms. The exterior included two verandas and two wings covered with fancy shingles in bands of alternating colors.

Post Commander Major Eugene Beaumont, the home's first occupant, complained: “The large amount of useless and unnecessary ornamentation has been of great expense and waste of time, and such a plan should never have been designed to make work for the carpenters.”

But the waste was not total. Beaumont gave away two of his daughters in marriage to Fort Bowie officers in this house.
 
Location. 32° 8.606′ N, 109° 26.135′ 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 at the second Fort Bowie site. For most visitors access to the fort is via a 1.5 mile hiking trail of moderate difficulty. If you are unable to hike the 3.0 mile round trip trail, check the park website for alternate access directions. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Commanding Officer's Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. Commanding Officer's Quarters Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cavalry Barracks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen (about 500 feet away); Infantry Barracks (about 500 feet away); Quartermaster Storehouse (about 600 feet away); Post Trader (about 700 feet away); Second Fort Bowie (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Fort Bowie (approx. mile away); Apache Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
 
Photo displayed on marker. image. Click for full size.
circa 1885
3. Photo displayed on marker.
Commanding Officer's Quarters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 267 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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