Fort Sumner, NM

Named after former New Mexico military governor Edwin Vose Sumner, Fort Sumner was a military fort charged with the internment of nearby Navajo and Mescalero Apache populations from 1863 to 1868.

The federal government closed the fort in 1868, and sold its buildings to Lucien Maxwell, a prominent New Mexico landowner, in 1870. Maxwell's son Pete befriended legendary outlaw Billy the Kid, and it was in his house that Billy was killed by Pat Garrett. Billy the Kid is buried in the old military cemetery in Fort Sumner as is Lucien Maxwell.

In the 1920s the Transcontinental Air Transport airline built an airfield in Fort Sumner as part of its coast-to-coast air passenger network, but the site was abandoned when the airline's ambitious plans collapsed in the Great Depression. The airfield was reopened by the Army Air Corps as a training base during World War II. After the war, the base became the Fort Sumner Municipal Airport, and was chosen as a launch site for NASA's high altitude balloon program.

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Total Listings: 2
Average Price: $104,950
Highest Price: $120,000
Lowest Price: $89,900

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Make This Custom Cabin Your Own Private Get Awa...

$120,000 Active 85 W Campground Lane, Fort Sumner, NM
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1.7 Acres
  • 1,500 ft²


Make This Custom Cabin Your Own Private Get Away. 12 Minutes Walking Distance From Lake Sumner, Easy Access To Lake For Fishing Or Boating. Cabin Has Water, Propane And Electric For Camping With All The Benefits Of Home!

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