M husband and I wanted to visit this fort because it is the place where the local Apaches (including Geronimo) where basically imprisoned and told to live by farming. This was a rather negative proposition all along, because the Apaches were warriors and raiders who did not farm or even raise cattle; also, the Verde Valley is hardly ideal farming territory, even now (we saw a few hay and sod farms). Geronimo and some of his followers ultimately escaped, but were then hunted down and killed.
Unfortunately, while the park well displays the old fort buildings, and has a museum of Army artifacts (it was closed when we visited, but much can be seen through the windows), it seems to say almost nothing about the whole history of attempts to enclose and settle the Apaches. One gets a real sense that the attitude is "that part is best forgotten." We happen to be of the opinion that even somewhat complex and difficult history is better told than forgotten, so this was disappointing to us.
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