Apache Prisoner-of-War Cemeteries

Apache Prisoner-of-War Cemeteries (HM1687)

Location: Elgin, OK 73538 Comanche County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 41.762', W 98° 22.261'

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Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Here beneath Oklahoma skies far from their native haunts in Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico is the resting place for more than 300 Apaches of the Chiricahua, Warm Springs, and Nedni tribes. During and after the Geronimo campaign of 1886 these people—hostiles, friendlies, and scouts alike—were sent as prisoners-of-war to Florida, then to Alabama.

In 1894 they were brought to Fort Sill where they remained for the next 19 years. Living in 12 villages, with many of their leading men serving as soldiers and U.S. scouts, they built their own houses, fenced the entire military reserve, dug water tanks which still dot the landscape, raised 10,000 cattle, and grew bountiful crops. Granted freedom by Act of Congress in 1913, 183 returned to New Mexico while 82 settled on farms near here.

This ground is a memorial both to their historic past and to their industry and perseverance on their long road to a new way of life.
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HM NumberHM1687
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 1:00am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 557607 N 3839515
Decimal Degrees34.69603333, -98.37101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 41.762', W 98° 22.261'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 41' 45.72" N, 98° 22' 15.66" W
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Area Code(s)580
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8101-8111 Dodge Hill Rd, Elgin OK 73538, US
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