Visited 21 Mar 2013 - We drove from Albuquerque up to Santa Fe to check out the site of Fort Marcy (1846-1894). The drive took about an hour without much to look at except for a lonely monument on the west side of I-25 at exit 257. The monument commemorates the Mormon Battalion who marched from Santa Fe to San Diego at the beginning of the Mexican American War.
|Mormon Battalion Monument|
|The Site of Fort Marcy Earthworks|
Fort Marcy ended up being a split post with the actual fortification on top of a hill overlooking the town and a cantonment located below, just off the town plaza. The upper post was an earthworks fort with a separate blockhouse. That site is now in the Old Fort Marcy City Park but all that remains visible are dirt mounds where the earthworks and the block house were located. There were no interpretive signs or visible evidence of the fortification's remains. Also on this hill is the Cross of the Martyr's.
|Santa Fe Plaza|
|Repurposed Officer's Quarters|
The Plaza also contains a war veterans memorial in the center and a marker for the end of the Santa Fe Trail.
One of the six original Fort Marcy officer's quarters buildings still exists at 116 Lincoln Avenue. The outside of this building was modified in 1916 into the prevailing Pueblo style and bears no resemblance to the original officer's quarters. The inside is purported to be a "virtually intact" 1870s period officer's quarters.
Nearby are several historic sites including the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and the San Miguel Mission Church.