Fort Bowie National Historic Site

  • Cannon at Fort Bowie National Historic Site



Fort Bowie Information

The site of a Chiricahua Apache and U.S. military conflict, Fort Bowie National Historic Site remembers U.S. soldiers who settled the western frontier.

Fort Bowie commemorates the story of the bitter conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the United States military. For more than 30 years Fort Bowie and Apache Pass were the focal point of military operations eventually culminating in the surrender of Geronimo in 1886 and the banishment of the Chiricahuas to Florida and Alabama.

The remains of Fort Bowie today are carefully preserved, the adobe walls of various post buildings and the ruins of a Butterfield Stage Station. It stands as a lasting monument to the bravery and endurance of U.S. soldiers in paving the way for westward settlement and the taming of the western frontier. It also serves to give us an understanding of the "clash of cultures," one a young emerging nation in pursuit of its "manifest destiny," the other a valiant hunter/gatherer society fighting to preserve its existence. Apache resistance was finally crushed at Fort Bowie, and the result was the end of the American Indian wars in the United States.


Making an Impact

Visiting Fort Bowie

Mountain Range at Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Graveyard at Fort Bowie National Historic Site

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Fort Bowie National Historic Site
3203 S. Old Fort Bowie Road
Bowie , AZ

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