Fort Huachuca &
US Army Intelligence Museum
History of the Buffalo Soldier, McDonald's restaurant, Old West History and perhaps a bit about UFOs?
Recommended by: Gloria Phelps
I learned a lot about history here; for instance, did you know that the Buffalo Soldiers were given their nickname from the local Native Americans, the Apaches, who thought that their hair was similar to the woolly fur of the buffalo? You will also see lots of cowboy stuff and a mine cart that came from a real gold mine. My Dad liked the Military Intelligence part of the museum cuz that's what he does in the Army - I'm so proud of my Dad.
Plan on spending a few hours perusing the three parts to this Museum: they are housed in some of the original Fort Huachuca buildings, dating back to 1870, when the post was first established. You will learn about the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in protecting the area from the Native Americans as well as current Intelligence methods used to this day (the MI training school is still in operation at Fort Huachuca).
Learn about the important story of the US Army (and Cavalry) in the southwest. From initial movements, Indian wars and Apache clashes, to exploits of the African-American regiments activities from Mexico war through WWII. And, of course, the history of the Army around the Huachuca's - due to its location near the Mexican border it has played an important role in the nation's defense. The displays are accurately depicted and the narration is very informative. If you care at all about history this is a must see attraction, well worth the drive from Tucson or even Phoenix.
Don't miss the Gift Shop - one of the better ones we've been in. Its volunteers are very knowledgeable about local history and activities.
NOTE: Bring license, insurance and registration and stop at the main gate visitor center as you'll need a pass to get on post - it's pretty easy and quick.
Grierson Street (at Boyd St.), Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613
Main Museum: Bldg 41401
Museum Annex: Bldg 41305
US Army Intelligence Museum: Bldg 41411
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|Jacob Tip: The Army post is cool, there are horses and canyons, cannons and some neat views on the hilltop!|
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