At Fort Selden State Monument
Enjoy living history demonstration and period military re-enactors.
Built on the banks of the Rio Grande, this adobe fort housed units of the U.S. Infantry and Cavalry. Their intent was to protect settlers and travelers in the Mesilla Valley from desperados and Apache Indians. Several of the units stationed at the fort were black troopers, referred to as Buffalo Soldiers. A young Douglas Mac Arthur called the fort home while his father was post commander in the late 1880s.
The weekend begins with Reveille & Flag Raising at 8:30, followed by a “911 Remembrance Ceremony” at 8:46. On-going living history and events throughout the day include: military encampment with infantry cavalry & artillery; period cooking demonstrations, period school house exhibit; military drills; black powder demonstrations; an 1860s game of Rounders (baseball); kids history hunt and special speakers.