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Fort Sumner, NM

Fort Sumner is a historic town located in De Baca County, eastern New Mexico, best known for its association with the tragic events of the Bosque Redondo and as the burial place of the infamous outlaw, Billy the Kid. Once a military fort established in the mid-19th century to oversee Navajo and Mescalero Apache captives during the Navajo Long Walk, Fort Sumner now stands as a testament to this tumultuous chapter in American history. The Bosque Redondo Memorial, located near the town, commemorates the forced relocation of Native Americans and provides insight into the challenges they faced. Fort Sumner is also renowned for being the final resting place of Billy the Kid, whose gravesite attracts history enthusiasts and tourists alike. The town itself has a serene and reflective atmosphere, with its history deeply intertwined with the cultural and historical tapestry of the American Southwest.

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