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Apr 17, 2018 - Buh Bye Texas ... Hello New Mexico

The last couple of days we have been traveling as many miles as we felt comfortable. Texas seemed to have a magic curtain where it turned from hilly with its many cattle ranches to flat farmlands .. (1000's of acres of cotton fields), random oil wells (we saw one in the middle of a town) and dairy farms ...Now we are in New Mexico. So buh bye Texas... bye to your miles and miles of trains, pretty blue roadside flowers, wind turbines and cactus (we call prickly pear plants). Hello New Mexico who greeted us with tumble weeds and very warm...

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May 10, 2016 - Fort Sumner, NM

Our trip to Fort Sumner was bittersweet. The trip to the Bosque Redondo was quite sobering. Over the coarse of two years the US military captured an estimated 10,000 Navajos and forced them to walk 450 miles from their homeland at Four Corners, NM, to the Bosque Redondo Reservation at Fort Sumner. A tragedy know as the "Long Walk". Only 8600 arrived! Mescalero Apaches were also taken prisoner, and by 1864 the reservation had over 9000 occupants. Many died of exposure, diet, and starvation. In 1868 a treaty was signed and the Navajos were...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Ft. Sumner

We continued west across Oklahoma and into Texas yesterday. I notice fuel prices were cheap compared to other states; unleaded and diesel are both around 2.35 to 2.45 range. Those prices sound pretty good until you remember that I paid $20 in road tolls. Outside of Groom, TX is a water tower designed to get traveler’s attention – it works. See pic. Also outside Groom is a huge cross surrounded by a court yard with the Stations of the Cross. Formally it is known as the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Maryann could not just pass by without...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Old Fort Sumner

Bosque Redondo Memorial and Fort Sumner Army Post Memorial. Unfortunately both of these state parks were closed during our visit....

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Apr 21, 2014 - Fort Sumner, NM

A 2 night stay at Fort Sumner, NM and Wikipedia. Where we visited the Billy The Kid Museum. The planned visit to the Bosque Redondo Memorial and Fort Sumner Army Post Memorial were both cancelled as they were closed during our visit.

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Oct 28, 2013 - Fort Sumner, NM

Day 77 - Fort Sumner, NM 10/28/2013 While checking the map last night, Bob found the gravesite of Billy the Kid. So, we landed there today. It was an easy trip. We found a RV camp next to the Billy the Kid Museum. It is pretty basic, but at least we have good internet! We spend the afternoon touring the museum. It had some very interesting things to say about Billy. We enjoyed it. Tomorrow we will got to Ft Sumner where he is buried and then on to Albuequerque. Link to today's pictures:...

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2013 Fall Colors

Sep 15, 2013 - Fort Sumner NM - Sumner Lake State Park Campground

First stop in New Mexico was Sumner Lake State Park. This park is just outside Fort Sumner, where Billy the Kid is buried. So, while here, we took in the Billy the Kid museum. I don't know why it is, but it seems these legendary cowboy bad guys were all misunderstood while they were alive and didn't deserve to die. Billy the Kid, e.g., wasn't a bank robber, just an innocent caught up in a land war. The fact that he killed 2 deputies when he escaped from jail doesn't seem to count for anything. I think they got it right when they shot him,...

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Retired at Last!

Oct 11, 2011 - Fort Sumner, NM - Sumner Lake State Park

It was a pleasant 177 mile drive from Rio Rancho to the Sumner Lake State Park a little North of Fort Sumner, NM. It was mostly on I-40 but we are off it now and don't plan much more Interstate driving on this trip. The side roads are much more scenic and enjoyable when you are able to use them. Fort Sumner has a three different, small campgrounds and we are in the Pecos Campground which overlooks the lake. We have 30 amps and water, limited Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. The sites also have adobe ramadas which are very nice,...

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Apr 14, 2009 - Fort Sumner, NM

From Santa Rosa, we took a side trip to Fort Sumner, where we saw the "authentic" gravesite of Billy the Kid and went through a museum downtown and one just outside of town. (Billy The Kid is the big news here.*) After touring the museums we were hungry and stopped at the ONLY restaurant we saw in town. At first we weren't sure we should stop, since it looked like more of a bar than a restaurant from the outside, but the staff at the downtown museum recommended it so we tried it. The food was delicious. Jeff had an excellent cheeseburger...

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NM AZ - Spring 2009

Apr 3, 2009 - Quaint, but rejected and on to Santa Rosa

Hello Family & Friends, We had high hopes for Fort Sumner, but for all it's quaint descriptions...it sucked. Sooo, we skipped the Billy the Kid Museum and continued on in a 30 mph head wind for another 45 miles to Santa Rosa, NM. Santa Rosa's campground was no charm, except the restaurant was right there + the showers, etc were very good. BUT, their control of the winds failed...after a requested move to down-wind doors proved prophetic, the night which started at 70 degrees and ended at less that 45...had gusts up to 60+ causing the...

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Jun 8, 2008 - Billy the Kid--why Fort Sumner???

After a few hours of driving, we noticed a few things. No mountains. Lots of scrub brush, very few buildings, and it was getting HOT!! We took a bit of a longer route to the southeast so we could visit a legend of the west, the gravesite of Billy the Kid. The girls weren't sure they wanted to get out of the car to see it because it was so hot, but we eventually convinced them by telling them to get out. We got a few pics by the grave site, even though a flood soon after he was buried washed away all the wooden tombstones so he could have...

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Sep 25, 2006 - Last Stops in New Mexico

This morning I traveled to Fort Sumner, NM to visit Bosque Redondo Memorial / Fort Sumner. The Bosque Redondo exhibits tell the tragic story of the Navajos and Mescalero Apaches who were forced from their homes and placed in Bosque Redondo under military guard in the 1860s. They weren't allowed to take any of their household belongings. They didn't have enough clothing and protection from the weather nor enough food, so about 3,500 of them died there. Behind the Visitor Center are the remains of Fort Sumner. Very little of it remains....

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