Fort Sumner has two Billy the Kid museums and we visited both. The first one is where Billy the Kid was buried but they didn't have a very big collection of Billy the Kid stuff. There was a lot of cowboy and outlaw stuff, in general. I liked this cowboy code...
|Outside the museum.|
|An old Barbie Doll display.|
|Billy the Kid's Rifle|
|An old hearse.|
When we were outside of town at the site of the old fort we saw an unusual building and signs for the Bosque Redondo Memorial. It was closed that day so when we went back to the state park I looked it up on the internet to see what it was about. After reading about it, I knew we needed to get back there and see the place, so we drove back later when it was open.
|The Bosque Redondo Memorial|
The Bosque Redondo is a memorial to one of the saddest chapters in American history. It turns out that Fort Sumner was basically established to be an internment camp for the Navajo and Apache indians. They were forced to march hundreds of miles to Fort Sumner and were kept there for years enduring brutal conditions. They tried to establish a reservation there called the Bosque Redondo but it was a miserable failure and many Apache and Navajo died there. The Army finally realized it was a failure and let them go.
Here are some pictures I took of the murals inside the museum. The last picture was an actual photograph taken at the Bosque Redondo. It was enlarged and covered the whole wall of the room where a film about these events was shown. It was a very moving experience and I was shocked that I had never heard of this.
We left Sumner Lake State Park and traveled to Santa Rosa. We stayed in a private park there and got caught up on laundry and grocery shopping and used their pool. Santa Rosa is a Route 66 town and has some neat old Route 66 attractions. We didn't do much sightseeing while there but we did go out to see their biggest attraction: The Blue Hole. This is what Wikipedia says about the Blue Hole:
"The Blue Hole of Santa Rosa is a circular, bell shaped pool east of Santa Rosa, New Mexico that is one of the most popular dive destinations in the US for SCUBA diving and training. It is a clear blue body of water with a constant 64 °F (18 °C) temperature and constant inflow of 3000 gallons per minute. While the surface is only 80 feet (24 m) in diameter, it expands to a diameter of 130 feet (40 m) at the bottom."
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