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Fort Bowie: The slumped adobe ruins of Fort Bowie sit in the heart of the Chiricahua Mountains. The Army built the fort during its long war with Cochise and his Chiricahua Apache to control Apache Springs, the only reliable water within 30 miles to water horses for the Butterfield Stage Line.

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