History haunts Lantern Tours at Fort Stanton

October 29, 2013 • Local News

Josh Judy does woodworking at the barracks at Fort Stanton during the Lantern Tours, Saturday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)

“Halt, who comes there?” asks a guard with a rifle resting on his shoulder.

Tony Davis, a volunteer guide at Fort Stanton, explains to the guard that he is bringing a tour group through the premises.

Though the year is 2013 in the rest of the world, at Fort Stanton’s Lantern Tours on Saturday evening it was still the 19th century.

The tours have been an annual tradition for the past half-decade. Fort manager Larry Pope said this was the first year when visitors could enter buildings as part of the tour.

The tour included six vignettes spanning the beginning of the Civil War and progressing into the American Indian Wars of the 1880s. Skits change every year, but always convey a piece of fort Login to read more

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