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Near Socorro in Socorro County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Fort Craig

 
 
Fort Craig Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
1. Fort Craig Marker
Inscription. Fort Craig was established in 1853 and garrisoned in 1854 with troops from Fort Conrad located about nine miles north. Named after Capt. Louis S. Craig, it was used to control Indian raids along the Jornada del Muerto. Troops from Fort Craig were defeated in 1865 by Confederates at the Battle of Valverde, 7 miles distant. Between 1863 and 1865 it was headquarters for campaigns against the Gila and Mimbres Apache.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro marker series.
 
Location. 33° 37.266′ N, 107° 8.269′ W. Marker is near Socorro, New Mexico, in Socorro County. Marker is on Interstate 25 at milepost 114, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the northbound rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Socorro NM 87801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vásquez de Coronado’s Route (here, next to this marker); Women of the Camino Real (within shouting distance of this marker); Paraje De Fra Cristobal (within shouting distance of this marker);
Rear of Fort Craig Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
2. Rear of Fort Craig Marker
Espejo's Expedition (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Paraje De Fra Cristobal (about 600 feet away); Fort Craig Rest Area (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Craig (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Fort Craig. Information detailing the fort's contribution to the controlling of the local Native Americans and it's involvment in the Civil War. (Submitted on August 2, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
 
Fort Craig Marker is on the left image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
3. Fort Craig Marker is on the left
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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