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THE CHILDREN WHO LIVED AT FORT STANTON between the early days of the 20th century and 1953 enjoyed a unique way of life, with 27,000 acres of ranchland and a sparkling river as our playground, merchant seamen from all over the globe from whom to learn about the outside world, horses to ride and parents who gave us freedom to roam.  Claire Boyd Fluharty and Danna Kusianovich Henderson gathered their stories of a way of life long past, and Lynda A. Sanchez and James McBride have preserved those stories in three wonderful books that we invite you to read.  Jim McBride has documented the history of the German internment camp that occupied a portion of Fort Stanton during World War II in a fourth book, while Lynda Sanchez's book documents Fort Stanton's history from prehistoric days to the present and features contemporary photography by David Tremblay.

The Fort Stanton Kids also have strived to correct some myths and misinformation that have entered the Fort Stanton folklore over the past 50 or 60 years, and you can read about some of these "Facts and Fiction" on the Historic Photos page.

Books About Us

The Fort Stanton Museum moved into its new quarters in the renovated Administration Building on April 2, 2010.  Copies of some of the books about Fort Stanton are available from the Museum while supplies last.  Also available is "Fort Stanton: History of a New Mexico Post" (right), a beautiful 11-minute CD created by Joseph and Carolyn Arcure, for $15 including S&H.  Contact the Museum at the address below for book availability and prices.

Fort Stanton Inc., P.O. Box 587, Alto, NM 88312

Email fortstanton@gmail.com


How to Order

Fort Stanton, An Illustrated History, Second Edition, can be ordered from the author, Lynda A. Sanchez, P.O. Box 67, Lincoln, NM 88338, (575) 653-4821, for $40 + $5 S&H.  A hard-cover limited edition also is available; call for pricing. 

To order Children of Fort Stanton and Fort Stanton Marine Hospital from the author, click here.


Fort Stanton Cave and Snowy River became a National Conservation Area in 2009

Snowy River goes on for miles

Fort Stanton Kids caving, 2009

Pat and Claire in Ft. Stanton Cave

Down to Snowy River

Tom Gould caving, 1955

Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave NCA                            Fort Stanton Cave Study Project


Fort Stanton State Monument

Fort Stanton became a New Mexico State Monument on August 11, 2007, as a living history venue.  Restoration of many of its historic buildings is underway.   www.fortstanton.org

Kids We've Been in Contact With

Charley Armer, Colorado

Ray Baker Jr., New Mexico

Claire Boyd Fluharty, California

Billy Dale Brown, Oregon/Arizona

Charles Byers, Texas

Ray Cooper, Texas

Dick Cox, New Mexico

Ruth Jean Craig McAdoo, Texas

Betty Fagan Sheldon, California

Joey Ferguson, Arizona

Mary Fish Manies, Texas

David Fish

Judy Minter Spivey

Evelyn Marr Trammel, New Mexico

Gerald Marr, New Mexicdo

Donald Marr, New Mexico

Tom (Skipper) Gould, Texas

Pat Gould Fletcher, Texas

Mary Hale Pittman, New Mexico

Margaret Howard Searle, Arizona

Eva Howard McCollum, New Mexico

Guy Tom Howard, New York

Jack Kunkel, Arizona

Danna Kusianovich Henderson, Maryland

John Kusianovich, New Mexico

Betsy Lowey Grillo, North Carolina

Carl Mankinen, Florida

Richard Lauri Mankinen, North Carolina

Gene Merrell, Indiana

Ida Minter Hale, New Mexico

Wanda Guthrie Oldham, Texas

John Pitts, Texas

Charles Pitts, Texas

Rita Romero Wirta, New Mexico

Helen Salsberry Hurtado, California

Aneda Salsberry Garcia, California

Alfred Sanchez, New Mexico

John Sellars, California

Diane Shaw Riska, New Mexico

Robert Tappan, Texas

Jim Templeton, New Mexico

Jimmie Thompson, Texas

JoAnn Kunkel White, Texas

George White, Arizona

Eddy Womack, New Mexico

Emmett Womack, California

Louise Cooper Engstrom, Michigan

In Memoriam - 2008-09


Bill Hale

Willett White

Jack Brooks

Ethlyn White Agnew

Nancy Payman Jensen

Betty Byers Allen

Virginia Fagan Moore

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