In 1866, Congress passed a bill reorganizing the US Army. Two US cavalry regiments (the Ninth and Tenth) and four infantry regiments were designated for blacks.
The Indians called them "Buffalo Soldiers" because their hair resembled the fur of the buffalo & in recognition of their fighting spirit.
The Ninth Cavalry was stationed at Fort Stanton to control the Apache Indians.
The fort was commanded at one time by Kit Carson. Black Jack Pershing was stationed there on two occasions. Since it closed as an army post, Fort Stanton has been used as a hospital, a school and a correctional facility.
In 2007 Ft. Stanton was designated as a State Monument. A museum on the grounds opened in June, 1997. Ft. Stanton is about 25 miles from Ruidoso on the way to Lincoln.

Fort Stanton Live!
Are you a history buff?
Don't miss Fort Stanton Live!celebrated each August in conjunction with Old Lincoln Days.
Guided & Candlight Tours
Historical Presentations
Military Re-enactments
Native American Dances
Live Music & Concessions
Fort Stanton Museum
(Beginning in April)
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Mon: 10-4 pm
Sunday: Noon-4
To Arrange Tours
Call 575.336.1436