Fort Burgwin

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Fort Burgwin (1852-1860) - A U.S. Army post established as Cantonment Burgwin in 1852 by 2nd Lt. Robert Ransom (Cullum 1467), 1st U.S. Dragoons, in present day Taos County, New Mexico. Named for Captain John H.K. Burgwin (Cullum 614), 1st U.S. Dragoons, who was killed on 7 Feb 1847 at the storming of El Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico. Unofficially known as Fort Burgwin. Abandoned in 1860. Also known as Fort Fernando de Taos.

Fort Burgwin History

Established 14 Aug 1852 by 2nd Lt. Robert Ransom, 1st U.S. Dragoons to protect the Taos Valley from hostile Jicarilla Apache and Ute Indians. The post was abandoned 18 May 1860.

Current Status

Now the SMU Taos campus with several rebuilt structures, Taos County, New Mexico. The rebuilt buildings are external replicas with modern interiors.


Location: Ten miles south of Taos, Taos County, New Mexico.

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Lat: 36.27556 Long: -105.57694

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