Ft. Huachuca history

When you’re unfamiliar with the attractions in an area, the internet is a wealth of information about what’s available. We found out that the Ft. Huachuca museums are open to the public, so we ventured on post this morning. Admission is by donation only but the museum is certainly one of the more interesting of the ones we visited all over Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. They made use of journals and/or letters from early soldiers to tell the story of the fort.We were greeted inside the front door by figures of Samuel  Whitside, the first commander, and his wife. The fireplace in the background is original to the building, which was at one time the Officers’ Club. There and in several other places in the museum, stepping on a sensor turned on a narrative recording. This one was mostly a greeting, but further on in the building was an army wife’s description of life in the early days of Ft. Huachuca, living basically in one room and a kitchen.

We also checked out the annex and the military intelligence museum down the street. Since LeRoy was in the Signal Corps when he was in the Army, I was interested in the evolution of signal, from flags and mirrors through the early field radios and up to the present. Cold War spy items were interesting, too, since I remember so much of that time frame.

Coming from Kansas, we’re used to some beautiful sunsets, but the ones we experience here are unlike anything with which we’re familiar.

What makes them so much different is that 5 minutes after this picture was taken, the sun had set behind the mountain and the picture was black and white. There is no in between. We’re still adjusting to it being dark by 6 p.m.

One day soon we plan to get out and do some more hiking during these gorgeous fall days. I’m not sure where at the moment, but we’ll take pictures and pass them on when the time comes.

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