Established in 1865 in an effort to bring peace to south central New Mexico.
Fort Selden was built in the Mesilla Valley in 1865 to protect settlers and travelers from escalating hostilities as settlers encroached on the Mescalero Apache homelands. Fort Selden housed the famous Buffalo Soldiers, the name given to African American regiments by the Native Americans.
In 1880, the Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo fled the confines of the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona to launch the final years of the Apache Wars. The military, fearing the worst, reoccupied Fort Selden, which they had abandoned just two years earlier.
During the next decade, Fort Selden was the home of a boy who would become a famous warrior himself — Douglas MacArthur, whose father was post commander. By 1890, hostilities had calmed, and in 1891, troops again were withdrawn from the fort.
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Featured DCA Exhibitions
Riding Herd with Billy the Kid
This extensive exhibit weaving together a many-layered story that led to one of the most infamous periods in New Mexico
Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy
Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, a new section that joins the New Mexico History
La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste
Mexican cartonería uses simple materials of paste, cardboard, and paper to create a diverse array of subjects
The Palace Seen and Unseen: A Convergence of History and Archaeology
Reflecting current archaeological and historical perspectives, Palace Seen and Unseen draws from historic documents,