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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fort Wingate Army Depot

Above, the main entrance to Fort Wingate Army Depot. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

There's one area of Fort Wingate is visible from Interstate 40. That is the Fort Wingate Army Depot.

In a previous blog post, the Fort is now shuttered closed and fenced off. The Army Depot section's entrance is off Historic Route 66. The access road goes under I-40 and continues on.

Above, the storage bunkers of the Army Depot from Route 66. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Here's a little about Fort Wingate:
Wingate Army Depot, located 7 miles east of Gallup, sits among the red rocks along U.S. Interstate 40, next to the reservations of the Navajo Nation and the Zuni Pueblo Tribe in New Mexico. According to the Navajo and Zuni, Fort Wingate is an ancestral home of both tribes. In 1918, the Army established a munitions-depot around an old cavalry post. From 1918 until its closure in 1993, the 22,000-acre installation stored and demolished ammunition. In negotiations with the tribes, the Army Base Realignment and Closure Program transferred half of the 22,000 acres to be used jointly by the tribes, retaining the other half for missile testing and launching.
Above, another view of the storage bunkers. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

While on the way to this year's Lions Club Rodeo, I stopped and took a couple of photos of the Army Depot. 

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