Buffalo Soldiers Research Museum

Travel Guide - Ft. Huachuca

Ft. Huachuca, Arizona

Our journey to Ft. Huachuca, AZ provided an educational bonanza and many photo opportunities. We departed from Tucson and drove about 25 miles south of I-10 by way of Arizona Rt. 83. The drive through the desert offered many types of greenery. Ft. Huachuca is located adjacent to Sierra Vista in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains.

Ft. Huachuca is a national historic landmark. It was established in 1877 and is the only American outpost that is still active as a military base. The fort is now the base for the U.S. Communications Command.

When we arrived, a huge statue of the Buffalo Soldier (Emmett) greeted us at the front gate. Many of the 19th century buildings are still standing. The landscape retains its grandeur from the past; you can feel the reflection of the soldiers' pride. The land itself seres as a monument. The Ft. Huachuca Historical Museum is housed in a building that was bulilt between 1880 and 1905. The museum offers a fascinating history of the U.S. Army in the Southwest with prominent exhibits of black military history. The museum's goal is to bring to the military community and the general public a heightened awareness of and increased appreciation for the colorful history of the Southwest, especially the prominent part played by the U.S. Army. Ft. Huachuca, more than any other installation in the U.S. military establishment, was at the heart of half a century of African American military history.

... It's worth the journey.

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