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Fort Defiance (1851-1861) - Established September 18, 1851 by Colonel Edwin V. Sumner to patrol the Navajo Territory after several treaty attempts failed. Captain Electrus Backus built the sod and log fort. The post was abandoned on 28 Apr 1861 at the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. It became an Indian Agency in 1868.


Location: in Canyon Bonito about 60 miles northeast of the Zuni villages in Apache County. North of Gallup, New Mexico off of Hwy 491.

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Lat: 35.62806 Long: -108.77972

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