Fort McLane (1)

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Fort McLane (1) (1860-1864) - A U.S. Army Fort first established as Camp Wheeler (1) in 1860 near Hurley, Grant County, New Mexico. Renamed 1 Dec 1860 as Fort Floyd after Secretary of War John B. Floyd. Renamed again Fort McLane 18 Jan 1861 after Captain George McLane when Floyd joined the Confederate side. Garrisoned by California Volunteers during the U.S. Civil War. Abandoned in 1864. Also Known as Fort Webster and Fort McLean.

History of Fort McLane

Established in 1860 by Major Isaac Lynde (Cullum 501) and two companies of the 7th U.S. Infantry to protect the Santa Rita copper mines.

Abandoned by regular U.S. troops on 16 Sep 1860 and the garrison was removed to Fort Fillmore. The fort was reoccupied by the 1st California Volunteer Infantry and garrisoned intermittently until 1864

Current Status

Archeological remains near Hurley, Grant County, New Mexico.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:

  • Name: Fort McLane Type: Historical Class: Military ID: 919968
  • Location: Grant County, New Mexico, US, FIPS Code: 35017
  • Latitude: Unk, Longitude: Unk, Elevation: Unk Map: Unk
  • As Of: 01 Aug 1993
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: Four miles south of Hurley on the west side of the Rio Santa Rita, Grant County, New Mexico. Map point is approximate.

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Lat: 32.6413354 Long: -108.1283158

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