February 14-15, 2016
A Tale of Two Forts
Fort Selden, Radium Springs—17 miles NW of Las Cruces
Fort Stanton, Lincoln County—136 miles NE of Las Cruces
Two forts! Both were built to protect settlers from Indians and outlaws during the second half of the 19th century. One is in ruins, and the other has buildings. It's ironic that the one in ruins is the original footprint of Fort Selden; the one with buildings has only the foundations of the original Fort Stanton. Every building seen at Fort Stanton has been built on the foundation (and only the foundation) of its original buildings. The exception is the stables; today those look as they did then because they were made using stone instead of adobe.
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.