Christmas week 2015 – Jim, Ms. Sue and I (Ms. Karen) headed out to Ft. Huachuca to visit their museums and cemetery, approximately 1.25 hours from Tucson. (See the end of this post for a warning.)
The Main or Post Museum is in the oldest part of the fort and dedicated to the illustrious history of Ft. Huachuca, originally established in 1877 for the Apache Wars.
The exhibits about military intelligence-gathering in the Annex have been moved to a new space, a 1000% improvement. This new space is called the MI (Military Intelligence) Library.
In addition to the Museums, we wanted to visit the Old Post Cemetery that we had recently read about in Jane Eppinga’s book “Southern Arizona Cemeteries (Images of America) from Arcadia Publishing, the prolific producer of books about everyone’s local history.
To gain admittance to the base we non-military folks came prepared to spend 1/2 hour or so negotiating the system. It is, after all, currently a very active base for the Army’s intelligence & communications efforts worldwide.
Unless you possess a current U.S. military ID, entrance requires each adult to have a valid driver’s license. The guards took our ID and ran a background check on each of us. (We have no idea what “Bad-Guy” list they compared us to.)
Once cleared, we were given a Fort Huachuca ID card good for 30 days, and a hard-to-read map of the fort (miniscule type size … suggest a magnifying glass.).
If you go, you will need to enter through the East Gate, aka Van Deman Gate. Park your car in the area on the right just before the guard station and take a short walk to the small metal building just inside the gate.Read More