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Fort Garland Museum

29477 Highway 159, Fort Garland, CO 81133-9901
+1 719-379-3512
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Landmark Testimony to Challenge Facing the mid-1800 Settlers in Southern Colorado

This well-preserved Army fort from the mid-18C is a landmark testimony to the bitter struggles... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Guba D
Feel the History in Authentic Fort Museum

I learned more about Kit Carson, the Buffalo Soldiers, and more, by visiting this self-guided tour... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
DebWong51
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29477 Highway 159, Fort Garland, CO 81133-9901
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

This well-preserved Army fort from the mid-18C is a landmark testimony to the bitter struggles between the early settlers and the indigenous Utes. The soldiers stationed at the fort (1858-1883) had a sole purpose of protecting the early settlers from the hostilities of the natives....More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

I learned more about Kit Carson, the Buffalo Soldiers, and more, by visiting this self-guided tour than I ever did in school (or otherwise). The fort has been restored and preserved with care. Photos, artifacts and models tell the story of those who lived and...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Our family of seven loves living history and we enjoyed going inside several of the buildings, some original and some new. Several buildings were closed which was disappointing. You can see everything in an hour, so the price of admission seems steep to me. Adults...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I used to come here when i was a kid. a lot to learn and very interesting. A lot of learning and kids enjoyed it you can eat lunch on the grass

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

This site is full of historical facts. The Fort was built to protect settlers moving west. Kit Carson was a Commander there. The fort was not stockaded but open on all 4 corners. The history of the area is well told, All 4 of us...More

Thank Ruby S
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

A very well maintained historic site with multiple buildings and exhibits. Fort Garland was active from the late 1850's into the 1880's and the museum displays cavalry, infantry and officer quarters in addition to great exhibits on Colorado's role in the civil war, buffalo soldiers...More

Thank denver53
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

If you want to learn how the area was developed from the beginning, this place tells the story. It starts with Indians and ends with the end of soldiers at the Fort. Take the time. The price is worth it.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

If you are interested in the old west and how people and our military survived the harshest of conditions, this is a must see. Take your time and read all the little post or the guided tour and you Will go away with a wealth...More

1  Thank LTCliff
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

An important fort in the history of settlement in the San Luis Valley. The historic fort museum is in great shape and it is evident that the builds are well cared for. Walking around inside I had a sense and reflection of the history that...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This museum is a gem! Great Civil War documentation of the fort while it was in commission. Lots of emphasis on Kit Carson and the Buffalo Soldiers that were once stationed there. Five of the original buildings were restored and you can walk through them...More

1  Thank Amy M
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