The fort was constructed in 1877 as one of a chain of forts established to guard southern
The fort was also home to the Buffalo Soldiers (the elite black cavalry corps).
In 1954 the fort became the site for advanced testing of electronics and communications equipment and today is the
Carleton House is the oldest building on the base. It was originally constructed as the post hospital back in 1880 and was named for Brig. General James H. Carleton, the famous leader of the "California Column" during the Civil War. It was a hospital for a few years and then was turned into house quarters for officers, an officer’s mess, post headquarters, a cafe, and then a schoolhouse. Between 1947 and 1951, when the fort was briefly given back to the state of
This is an interesting stop on your
To gain a better understanding of the Buffalo Soldiers you may want to visit the fort and take the tour that starts at noon in front of the Fort Huachuca Historical Museum the third Saturday of every month. You will see several sites on the post that are part of the Buffalo Soldier story.
Location: 3 miles northwest of the fort’s main gate at Boyd and
Open weekdays from 9 – 4 and from 1 – 4 on weekends
A donation is suggested.