The still-active military installation Fort Huachuca will host a historical tour Saturday where visitors can learn about the contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers and how they lived in the unforgiving frontier of the West.
"There is tremendous knowledge offered here that you can only get from visiting the post," said Carolyn Santucci, a Sierra Vista Convention and Visitor's Bureau official.
The tour will take visitors on a detailed excursion of the fort, which is 15 miles north of the Mexican border, and explain the history of the Buffalo Soldiers, Poncho Villa, the Apache Wars and more, Santucci said. The fort was a home base of the Buffalo Soldiers for nearly 53 years.
Sierra Vista resident Edna Miller said she was impressed not only with the tour, but the tour guide's knowledge of historical events.
"The tour was excellent, as was the [Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers] representative, whose knowledge and passion about the soldiers was infectious," Miller said of an earlier tour given in September. "All the participants learned so much about the courage and dedication of the Buffalo Soldiers."
The tour will meet Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in the Sierra Vista City's Visitor Center, located in the Oscar Yrun Community Center. The fee for the tour is $12. After a two-hour tour, the bus will bring participants to the Fort Huachuca Museum and then return to the visitor center.
For more information call (520) 417-6960.