Wandering Lizard

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Navajo County

Fort Apache Historic Park - General Crook's Headquarters - Winter

Fort Apache is located just off of Highway 73 in the White River Indian Reservation. The fort was first established as Camp Ord in the Spring of 1870. (General O.C. Ord was the U.S. Army Commander of Arizona at the time.)  On August 1, 1870, the name was changed to Camp Mogollon. (Nearby is Kinishba, the thirteenth century home of a band of people of the Mongollon culture.) In September 12, 1870, the name was again changed to Camp Thomas. (Major General George W. Thomas, the "Rock of Chickamauga" was an important military figure from the Civil War.) On February 2, 1871, it was named Camp Apache. (The army was attempting to maintain good relations with Apache people living nearby.) On April 5, 1879, it was given the name that it has today "Fort Apache." General Crook used Fort Apache as his field headquarters during the so-called Apache Wars and many famous Apache leaders (including Geronimo) had both hostile and friendly relations with the soldiers quartered here. The fort was decommissioned in 1924.

Fort Apache
Fort Apache
Fort Apache
Fort Apache
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