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Fort Naco
Naco, Arizona
Fort Naco.jpg
A building of Fort Naco in 2008.
Type Army post
Built 1917
Built by  United States
Construction
materials
adobe, brick, wood
Current
condition
abandoned
Controlled by  Arizona
Occupants United States United States Army
Arizona Arizona National Guard
Battles/wars Mexican Revolution

Fort Naco, Camp Naco, or Fort Newell began as a camp in the Southwest United States, on the outskirts of Naco, Arizona as part of the Mexican Border Project. Over time adobe and wooden buildings were constructed to house the garrison along with other permanent structures.

History

Fort Newell
Ruins of Fort Naco.

Fort Naco was one of the last forts built by the United States in continental territory and is the only remaining border fort out of several that were constructed during the Mexican Revolution. Soldiers were first stationed in Naco in November 1910 and remained in the community due to continued fighting across the border, including the Battle of Naco in 1913 and the later Siege of Naco in 1915 in Sonora. Subsequent to Pancho Villa’s attack on Columbus, New Mexico in 1916, Naco was a staging area for American troops protecting the border. Camp Naco was constructed in 1917 as part of the Mexican Border Project. It was the headquarters of the 1st Infantry Regiment of the Arizona National Guard. As of 2010, the barracks of the fort still stands and has partially been restored.


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