HomeAdventuresDaytripsApache CountryFort Bowie, Arizona Territory: 1862 – 1894. A Pictorial
Ruins of Fort Bowie, Arizona

Fort Bowie National Historic Site.

For a quarter century, 1861 to 1886, Ft. Bowie was prime real estate known as Apache Pass. The Americans wanted it for their stagecoaches & supply wagons. The Chiricahua Apaches wanted it because their people had lived here for at least two centuries. Both sides were willing to pay for it in blood.
Why was Apache Pass so valuable? Because of the  perennial source of water at Apache Spring just down the old road from here. The Butterfield Stage drivers who transported passengers & the U.S. Mail could water their draft animals here on their way between St. Louis & San Francisco. Read More