The post that made a city
Headquarters, US Army Garrison,
Fort Huachuca, ATTN: ASQHPTMS-PM,
Fort Huachuca AZ 85613-6000 USA
Group tours arranged by the Public Affairs Office: 520.533.2714
Weekdays 9:00a - 4:00p
Weekends 1:00p - 4:00p
Any other times by appointment.
Sierra Vista would very likely not be in existence if it was not for
Ft Huachuca. “wuachooka”
During the Indian Wars a camp was established in the Huachuca Mountains
with the goal of defending the territory and protecting pioneers heading
west as well as the settlers who were living in the area. It was not a safe place and
only the very brave dared attempt to settle there. This was due in part
to the activities of an angry Geronimo whose wife, mother and three young children
were murdered by Mexican soldiers in 1858. This fueled his hatred
of all Europeans.
In 1882 the camp was re-designated a fort. After the surrender
of Geronimo in 1886, many of the camps and forts were closed but Ft.
Huachuca was saved due to problems near the border with renegades,
bandits and outlaws.
The famous Buffalo Soldiers arrived in 1913 and remained there for
nearly 20 years. From that point, Ft. Huachuca was involved in missions in World
Wars I and II. As many as 30,000 men were assigned to the fort.
Over the years the fort has been used for various military objectives
and today it is a major military instillation.
The museum building and others surrounding it were built between 1880
and 1905. The
museum building was originally used as a bachelor officer’s quarters.
In 1947 after World War II had ended, the base was turned over to Arizona
Fish and Game Department and was designated to be used as a buffalo
idea was to turn the area into a vacation spot. However, the
Korean War came along and plans quickly changed.
After the Korean War, the military realized it was becoming dependent
on electronic warfare devices so the post became the US Army Electronic
Proving Ground. Today the fort is heavily involved with military
The museum is a truly fascinating place to visit. As it is housed
in a vintage building, the feeling that you are back in time exists
from the time you step inside. Many of the artifacts are arranged
in diorama format. One of the exhibits that is of interest to
families is the kitchen. It appears to be complete but it certainly
makes us thankful for what we have today.
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