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Take a ride to the 1850’s at Fort Bliss

Take a ride to the 1850’s at Fort Bliss
Photo: Linda Stewart, Fort Bliss
Military News
Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 9:22pm

With all the new construction going on around Fort Bliss, specifically on the corner of Pershing and

Pleasanton, some buildings may look as if they don’t belong.
Inside the little, brown, one-story building constructed many years ago, you can get a glimpse inside life during the 1850’s.

The well-researched, reproduced objects that represent the 1850s are on display at the Old Fort Bliss Replica museum, where you can find a stable, wagon, tombstones and a store, to name a few.

“Patrons can view the living quarters of a military officer and get a lesson on how a blacksmith would use his shop,” said Wanda Kienzle, education program manager of Old Fort Bliss Replica.

“It’s been re-created from a sketch, but there are a couple flaws in the re-creation of the buildings because the sketch was a little blurry.”
Adobe-style house plans evolved from the native architecture of the desert Southwest, said Kienzle.

“The history that this place depicts is not well known, but it was a remote desert outpost for the military,” said Kienzle. “It was the crossroads of the cultures and did not have a lot of activities in those years.”

If you dabble in history and want to see something different, or just want to know more about the area you now live and work in, a trip to the Replica would be right up your alley.

“I’m glad I had a chance to visit. It puts a better perspective of how they lived back then,” said Donald Adams, Army veteran. “I would love to come and revisit if I can. I might just see something new or learn something new.”
The Replica is known to host events for elementary schools and boy scouts throughout the community as well as Soldiers on post.

There are volunteers that dress the part and historians that visually show and tell the life of the era.
Upcoming events include the traders market, which began April 19 and runs through Sept. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. A garden day was held April 20.

The Old Fort Bliss Replica is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided and group tours are also available.

For more information, contact Wanda Kienzle at 568-4518 or visit www.blissmwr.com/oldfortbliss.  

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