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State historic sites to reopen

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Seven of the eight historic sites operated by the state are due to reopen Saturday.

The New Mexico Historic Sites, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, has announced the reopening of Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Fort Sumner/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, Lincoln and Los Luceros. The Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property will remain closed.

These reopened sites will begin operating under modified schedules and with a limited visitor capacity of 75 people, or 25% capacity, whichever count is lower. COVID-safe practices and restrictions will be observed.

Information on hours of operations and admission prices will be kept updated at www.nmhistoricsites.org and on social media sites.

The New Mexico Historic Sites also announced several capital improvement projects at Fort Stanton, a former military post built in 1855 that later became a state hospital. It is located in Lincoln County about 7 miles southeast of Capitan.

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A roof replacement for the former nurses’ quarters, installation of new fencing and security gates, and tree trimming and tree removal to reduce wildfire risks have occurred already. Engineering design is now occurring on a project to replace water pipelines, hydrants, connections and valves.

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