On our way home from Santa Rosa, New Mexico, Donna and I stopped just outside the small town of Fort Sumner to visit the Bosque Redondo Memorial.
|Bosque Redondo Memorial|
|Mural in the memorial depicting the "Long Walk" taken by the Navajos.|
|Close up of the above mural.|
If you stop, allow 1 to 2 hours to really take a close look. Start at the visitor center, where numerous displays are available. Then walk over to the remains of the military post, passing the Treaty Rock and Travel Shrine along the way. Spend a few minutes in the soldiers' barracks, then take the walk along the river.
|Navajo Travel Shrine. These rocks were first carried here from the Navajo Nation in 1971 to commemorate those who were exiled her and who died here.|
|Navajo Treaty Rock marks the field where the Treaty of 1868 was signed by Navajo leaders Barboncito, Manuelito, and Delgadito, as well as US officials William T. Sherman and Samuel Tappan.|
|Soldiers' Barracks (right) and Artist-in-Residence Home (left)|
|Interior of soldiers' barracks.|
|Plaque placed near location of Maxwell home|
|Marker indicates specific location of William Bonney's death.|
|Marker at exact location of William Bonney's death.|
|This goat was grazing next to the memorial. I found the horns to be highly unusual, so I stopped for this photo.|
|The murky and alkaline Pecos River, working its way downstream. This is the water the Navajos and Mescaleros were expected to live on.|