Photo of the Week: Windows at Fort Union

Fort Union

Windows at Fort Union, photo Steve Collins

Among the many things I like about New Mexico are the windows into its rich past. Fort Union National Monument, about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, was established in 1851.  Besides its significance in pacifying the Santa Fe Trail, it was also a primary objective in securing a connection to California ports for the confederacy. Those efforts were thwarted in 1862 at the Battle of Glorieta Pass.  Built primarily of adobe with brick and stone re-enforcement, the fort was abandoned in 1891. By this time railroads had supplanted the need for the Santa Fe Trail. Most of the buildings here are shells having suffered the fate of neglected adobe.

Author’s note: We loved this photo so much it became the cover for our 2014 Our Santa Fe wall calender. Check it out and order yours today- it also makes a great gift for Santa Fe fans.

4 Responses to “Photo of the Week: Windows at Fort Union”

  1. Leigh
    April 27, 2019 at 11:41 am #

    I love window shots especially when you look through multiple windows like this one. I hadn’t heard of Fort Union either.
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    • Billie Frank
      April 28, 2019 at 8:11 am #

      I know- and mirror shots where you can catch the repetitions. I just loved the photo and seeing it in person is really cool.

  2. Lisa @chickybus
    April 27, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

    Interesting site and cool photo. Would love to visit and photograph it!
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    • Billie Frank
      April 28, 2019 at 8:12 am #

      Come visit. Steve will cook you dinner. For Union is a photographer’s dream.

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