Fort Bliss

Fort Bliss TX 79906

Texas Historical Commission
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After the U.S.-Mexico War, the Army established Fort Bliss in 1848 across the river from El Paso del Norte to secure territory gained from Mexico. The Fort Bliss Museum chronicles the post’s growth during the Mexican Revolution and troop training during World Wars I and II. Fort Bliss’ Air Defense Artillery Museum displays both historic and modern artillery equipment. Old Fort Bliss Museum, a historic reproduction of the Magoffinsville Post (1854–68),highlights mid-19th-century life through military artifacts and living history programs. Nearby Biggs Army Airfield houses the U.S. Army Museum of the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO), where exhibits of uniforms and artifacts trace the role of the NCO from the Revolutionary War to the present.

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The museum has free admission so you won't find anyone collecting fees here. As far as the overall setup, there is a large open space with a small stage area you'll initially see so you'll have to walk around that to get into the museum. Walk around at your own pace, and let the displays progressively take you back though time. There are a wide variety of artifacts from clothing to guns with accompanying information, persons of interest, and other related history. One of the most impressive areas to visitors is located in the very back of the museum. This back area houses old military equipment, including tanks and cannons.

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