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Fort Apache served as a major staging ground for the U.S. Army’s campaign against Geronimo and other war leaders. The sandstone officer’s quarters represent one of the best-preserved remnants of a cavalry post in the southwest. The White Mountain Apache Tribe has used them as a tourist draw.

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Tribe reclaims Fort Apache history

Ruins of a tragic history transformed into cultural insight

A fascinating bit of complicated, tragic, triumphant history lies at the end of an hour-long drive from Payson, which ambles up scenic Highway 260 to the White Mountain Apache Reservation through some of the most scenic parts of the state.


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