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Besides being one of the best-preserved western forts, Fort Apache was also one of the only outposts to come under attack — in the wake of the tragic killing of an Apache religious leader.

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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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