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05 May 2020
Coffman Barns Partners with FCP Barns-

Coffman Barns partners with FCP Barns

Coffman Barns Partners with FCP Barns & Buildings

SERVICE | EXPERIENCE | TRUST | VALUE

Selecting the best Barn Builder and Manufacturer

Dear Friends, we at Coffman Barns thought this would be a good time to reach out and say hello, and share some exciting news and information which may help you in choosing your barn company and manufacturer for your next equestrian project.

At Coffman Barns, we are constantly striving to improve our product line and demand the highest quality American-made products available. We make it a priority to support American manufacturers and workers. In light of this goal, we are proud to announce our new partnership with FCP Barns. FCP Barns has a solid reputation, unmatched workmanship, commitment to quality and safety, excellent products, and timely manufacturing. FCP Barns is American owned, managed, and all of their products are exclusively “Made in America” with American made steel. All of the manufacturing is completed at their plant which is located in Wildomar, California (since 1982).

When it’s time to select your barn design, manufacturer and dealer, we at Coffman Barns want you to rest assured that we’re behind you all the way. With over 40 years of combined experience in the equestrian industry, our team at Coffman Barns continues to offer hands-on, exemplary service with in-person site visits available, as well as video and phone chats. We’re committed to your total satisfaction… from dream to completion!

Honest Integrity – Coffman Barns and FCP Barns practice an honest approach with uncompromising moral and ethical principles. We believe in doing the right thing in a timely, reliable fashion with each and every project, makes us the #1 barn builder…

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FCP Structural Integrity, Experience = Advantage

FCP Barns is a licensed as a structural steel fabricator with the City of Los Angeles, CA using ICC certified and tested wall components. All of their factory welders are current on Certifications. All welding is performed in accordance with the latest editions of the AISC, AISI, AWS specifications.

FCP Barn Top Benefits

Fire Safety
Zero-flame spread on all steel lined products provide peace of mind against disaster.

Health Safety
Non-porous finishes on all steel lined products that eliminate the opportunity for air borne bacteria, E. coli and other bacterial enzymes which cause a d source of bacteria and organic material. Harbored bacteria like this can lead to serious respiratory and digestive issues. FCP Barn walls can be easily disinfected as needed, to assure a disease-free environment without having to replace or refinish any steel products.

Roll Formed Channel
Rolled formed channel on all ¾” channel which eliminates that chances of your equine or livestock animals from getting cut or losing any tail or mane feathers. The use of G185 galvanized coating and ¼” thick button shims which are placed the bottom wall channel to prevent wicking and allow for proper drainage.

Heat Resistive Coatings
Roofing colors are available that comply with ENERGY STAR ratings to can reduce roof surface temperature by up to 50F.

Weatherproof Wall Connections
Exclusive full length, c-channel wall connectors eliminate any cold weather drafts or blowing rain and snow from entering your barn thru wall connections, therefore maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature.

Insulated Wall Systems
Insulated wall systems are available up to 2 ¾” (nominal) for harsh weather climates, which helps to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures.

Structural Safety
Industry exclusive Gatorshield™ triple layer rust and corrosion resistant product on steel tubing and pipe products.

Safety in Engineering
Structural engineering is available to design in accordance to your local building codes, snow and wind loads, and assure that your barn meets all current requirements.

Leading Industry Warranty
FCP Barns offers one of the best warranties in the Industry. To learn more click.

COFFMAN BARNS MISSION STATEMENT

“Our mission at Coffman Barns is to create and keep customers by providing our customers honest & knowledgeable representation, premium products and exemplary service at a competitive price to fit their dreams and budget. Coffman Barns provides Complete, One-Stop, Turn-key Solutions for the equine professional or backyard enthusiast!”

11 Jan 2020
Coffman Barns Custom Hip Roof Barn

Hip Roof Barn Scottsdale Arizona Building Project

Custom Hip Roof Barn

Scottsdale Arizona – Barn Build Project Picture Update

Originally completed in the Autumn of 2018, we have updated the pictures to show the final completion.

Coffman Barns completed this Custom Hip Roof Barn build project in Scottsdale Arizona. Randy Coffman, the Barnologist, used house pictures for inspiration and with just his hand drawn conceptual sketches, Randy was able to design the barn to emulate the existing architecture of the clients home. The customer later changed the exterior side from fronts to solid walls with dutch-top doors. The  custom hip roof was also designed with added insulation to protect against Arizona’s hot days and cold nights. Custom raised eave allows for operative shutters that help regulate temperature and light. Custom arched entry vestibule with hinged double doors, and custom overhangs with wood fascia. Other features of this custom hip roof barn build project include:

At a Glance:

• Custom Insulated Hip Roof
• European Powder Coated Stall Fronts with T&G Wood
• Six 12′ x 12′ Stalls
• One 16′ x 16′ Stall
• 12′ x 12′ Wash and Tack
• 12′ x 16′ Feed
• Custom Raised Eave with Shutters to Regulate Temperature and Light
• Custom Arched Entry Vestibule with Hinged Double Doors
• Custom Overhangs with Wood Fascia
• Cupola
• Dutch Top Rear Doors for Runs

Customizing your barn or building to fit in with existing colors, materials and even structural architecture, is just another example of why Coffman Barns is the go-to choice for horse owners and equestrian professionals alike.

05 Jul 2019
Coffman Barns Custom Equestrian Facility Builder

Custom Equestrian Ranch Barns Part Three, Scottsdale AZ

Custom Equestrian Ranch Barns Part Three

Private Ranch Multiple Barn Build Project – Scottsdale AZ – By Coffman Barns

The last of a three part series, Coffman barns is excited to bring you the completion of this custom, private equestrian ranch. In part one of this build series we showed you site preparation, concrete pour, delivery (a total of six semi trucks) and initial wall construction. In part two we showed you progress the barn build and horse stalls being constructed. Now you can see the completion of this amazing equestrian facility featuring MD Barnmaster, the #1 barn brand since 1975, and the huge covered arena, by Bunger Steel Inc, with many thanks to Mega Tech Contractors for their expert construction services on this beautiful Equine facility in Scottsdale Arizona.

If your looking for a total 1-stop solution for a single barn, or custom equestrian ranch barns facility with multiple barns, then you’ve come to the right place. Contact Coffman Barns today and see how we can turn your ideas into reality.

This private Ranch lies on six acres in Scottsdale, Arizona and features four custom MD Barnmaster barns and a large 90′ x 160′ covered arena by Banger Steel. Custom architectural steel elements like lattice accents, and barn entry monuments, personalize this custom MD Barnmaster equestrian ranch project as yet another one of a kind barn build project.

At a Glance:

• Two 24 stall barns that feature 12′ x 16′ and 16′ breezeway with two grooming bays
• Tack barn with two tack rooms, rest rooms and offices and 12′ eaves
• Hay barn with 16’ eaves, covered farriers work station and feed storage
• 90’ x 160’ covered arena, by Bunger Steel Inc, with 16’ eaves

Gallery Images – Construction Stage:

Custom MD Barnmaster Equestrian Ranch Features and Benefits:

NEAR ZERO % FIRE SPREAD RATING
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and metal roofing offers near zero flame spread rating.

LIFETIME KICK and CHEW PROOF WARRANTY
MD Barnmaster’s lifetime kick thru, and chew proof warranty on their steel lined wall panels provides the confidence and safety features that your horses will not be able to kick thru the stall walls which can cause injury, or digest harmful bacteria harboring wood cups and splinters.

LOW MAINTENANCE – SAFE LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Non bacteria harbofingwall panels are low maintenance and are easily sanitized to prevent disease. The modular building system has no sharp edges or rusty nails – means no cuts, pulled manes or tails.

40 YEAR WALL and ROOF PAINT SYSTEM
MD Barnmaster 40 paint system means your barn will stand the test of time. After all, you have better things to do than work on your barn.

CONFIDENCE IN A MANUFACTURER
Build A Better Barn – Today’s barns range from simple barn sheds to elaborate horse mansions. Our innovative, construction process has revolutionized the barn industry making us the leading builder of dream barns and equine facilities since 1975. Our barns are engineered to be the safest and strongest in the market, and out-perform the average barn in handling heavy snow, high winds and jarring earthquakes. Contact Coffman barns today and see how affordable your dream barn can be.

14 Feb 2019
2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

It’s almost here! Mark your calendars for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and get your tickets today at RMHEtickets.com

2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo
March 1-3, 2019
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO

RockyMountainHorseExpo.com

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo from March 1-3, 2019 at the National Western Complex in Denver.
More than 300 equine-related vendors will fill the trade show floor with the most innovative and exciting equine-related products and services.

Bring your entire family to the Mane Event, a spectacular performance focusing on the beauty and incredible capabilities of horses set to music and lights. The Mane Event features many different horse breeds and disciplines and takes place on Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd at 7 pm. Mane Event tickets are sold seperately from General Admission Expo tickets. Buy your tickets now at RMHEtickets.com

‘Ride with The Experts’ and participate in educational clinics on your very own horse with equine clinicians specializing in various equine disciplines.

Dr. Temple Grandin will present a talk about ‘How Horses Think’ on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 1 pm – 3 pm and will be selling and signing books afterwards.

This year, 2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo has chosen Ronald McDonald House in Denver as the charity to receive various proceeds throughout the 3-day event.

Get your tickets now for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at RMHEtickets.com.

MD Barnmaster Features:

FIRE RESISTANCE
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and metal roofing offers near zero flame spread rating.

LOW MAINTENANCE, NONPOROUS, CHEW THRU PROOF STALLS
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and feature 26ga zinc steel siding laminated over 3/4“ plywood with 26ga pre-finished painted steel wall siding at exterior. Top of the line door hardware and bridged weep hole in the bottom proprietary wall channel specifically designed by MD Barnmaster provides years of carefree use.

KICK THRU WALLS FOR THEIR STALLIONS
MD Barnmaster’s lifetime kick thru warranty on their steel lined wall panels provides the confidence and safety features that your horses will not be able to kick thru the stall walls which can cause injury.

HEAVY SNOW LOAD SAFE TO MEET HIGH MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS
The Copper Springs Ranch Barn and Hot Walker roof structure were specifically designed to withstand the heavy snow loads required for Northern Montana. MD Barnmaster’s barns and roof structures are engineered for local weather conditions.

MANUFACTURER CONFIDENCE
America’s favorite brand since 1975, MD Barnmaster has been the leading, most recognized barn manufacturer in the world.

OPTIONAL INSULATED WALL SYSTEM DUE TO 20 +- DEG BELOW ZERO MONTANA WINTERS
MD Barnmaster’s 2” insulated exterior wall system with solid foam board helps keep the freezing Norther Montana cold out of the barn while still offering the steel lined interior. Combine this with the optional insulated roof system can help keep the barn around 40 degrees inside when its 20 degrees below.

17 Jan 2019
Custom Equestrian Ranch Barns by Coffman Barns

Custom Equestrian Ranch Barns Part Two, Scottsdale AZ

Custom Equestrian Ranch Barns Part Two

Private Ranch Multiple Barn Build Project – Scottsdale AZ – By Coffman Barns

The second of a three part series, Coffman barns is excited to bring you an update update of the custom equestrian ranch barn build in Scottsdale AZ. It took nearly three years in the design and permitting process before construction could begin. In part one of this build series we showed you site preparation, concrete pour, delivery (a total of six semi trucks) and initial wall construction. Now you can see the progress as the walls and roofs go up and the individual horse stall are assembled.

If your looking for a total 1-stop solution for a single barn, or custom equestrian ranch barns facility with multiple barns, then you’ve come to the right place. Contact Coffman Barns today and see how we can turn your ideas into reality.

This private Ranch lies on six acres in Scottsdale, Arizona and features four custom MD Barnmaster barns and a large 90′ x 160′ covered arena by Banger Steel. Custom architectural steel elements like lattice accents, and barn entry monuments, personalize this custom MD Barnmaster equestrian ranch project as yet another one of a kind barn build project.

At a Glance:

• Two 24 stall barns that feature 12′ x 16′ and 16′ breezeway with two grooming bays
• Tack barn with two tack rooms, rest rooms and offices and 12′ eaves
• Hay barn with 16’ eaves, covered farriers work station and feed storage
• 90’ x 160’ covered arena, by Bunger Steel Inc, with 16’ eaves

Gallery Images – Construction Stage:

Custom MD Barnmaster Equestrian Ranch Features and Benefits:

NEAR ZERO % FIRE SPREAD RATING
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and metal roofing offers near zero flame spread rating.

LIFETIME KICK and CHEW PROOF WARRANTY
MD Barnmaster’s lifetime kick thru, and chew proof warranty on their steel lined wall panels provides the confidence and safety features that your horses will not be able to kick thru the stall walls which can cause injury, or digest harmful bacteria harboring wood cups and splinters.

LOW MAINTENANCE – SAFE LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Non bacteria harbofingwall panels are low maintenance and are easily sanitized to prevent disease. The modular building system has no sharp edges or rusty nails – means no cuts, pulled manes or tails.

40 YEAR WALL and ROOF PAINT SYSTEM
MD Barnmaster 40 paint system means your barn will stand the test of time. After all, you have better things to do than work on your barn.

CONFIDENCE IN A MANUFACTURER
Build A Better Barn – Today’s barns range from simple barn sheds to elaborate horse mansions. Our innovative, construction process has revolutionized the barn industry making us the leading builder of dream barns and equine facilities since 1975. Our barns are engineered to be the safest and strongest in the market, and out-perform the average barn in handling heavy snow, high winds and jarring earthquakes. Contact Coffman barns today and see how affordable your dream barn can be.

08 Jan 2019
2019 National Western Stock Show

2019 National Western Stock Show

2019 National Western Stock Show

Join us at the National Western Stock Show in Denver Colorado Jan 12-27, 2019.

Come by our booth to learn about our show specials. We will be in booth 214-216 in the EXPO Hall.

MD Barnmaster barns are low maintenance and have the best safety features in the industry, plus they’re engineered for heavy snow and high wind loads.

For tickets, visit https://nationalwestern.com/

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Proud supporter of the Miss Rodeo Colorado

We’re so happy to meet Kellie Stockton and congratulate her on being crowned Miss Rodeo Colorado 2019.

We wish her an amazing year representing the State of Colorado. See more at https://www.missrodeocoloradopageant.com/

Miss Rodeo Colorado 2019, Coffman Barns Supporter

MD Barnmaster Features:

FIRE RESISTANCE
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and metal roofing offers near zero flame spread rating.

LOW MAINTENANCE, NONPOROUS, CHEW THRU PROOF STALLS
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and feature 26ga zinc steel siding laminated over 3/4“ plywood with 26ga pre-finished painted steel wall siding at exterior. Top of the line door hardware and bridged weep hole in the bottom proprietary wall channel specifically designed by MD Barnmaster provides years of carefree use.

KICK THRU WALLS FOR THEIR STALLIONS
MD Barnmaster’s lifetime kick thru warranty on their steel lined wall panels provides the confidence and safety features that your horses will not be able to kick thru the stall walls which can cause injury.

HEAVY SNOW LOAD SAFE TO MEET HIGH MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS
The Copper Springs Ranch Barn and Hot Walker roof structure were specifically designed to withstand the heavy snow loads required for Northern Montana. MD Barnmaster’s barns and roof structures are engineered for local weather conditions.

MANUFACTURER CONFIDENCE
America’s favorite brand since 1975, MD Barnmaster has been the leading, most recognized barn manufacturer in the world.

OPTIONAL INSULATED WALL SYSTEM DUE TO 20 +- DEG BELOW ZERO MONTANA WINTERS
MD Barnmaster’s 2” insulated exterior wall system with solid foam board helps keep the freezing Norther Montana cold out of the barn while still offering the steel lined interior. Combine this with the optional insulated roof system can help keep the barn around 40 degrees inside when its 20 degrees below.

06 Dec 2018
Custom MD Barnmaster Equestrian Ranch Barns by Coffman Barns

Custom Equestrian 4 Barn Ranch Part One, Scottsdale AZ

Custom MD Barnmaster Equestrian Ranch Barns

Private Ranch Barn Build Project – Scottsdale AZ – By Coffman Barns

After nearly three years in the design and permitting process, Coffman Barns is proud to be a part of this custom MD Barnmaster equestrian ranch project. The four custom MD Barnamster equestrian ranch barns took six semi loads to deliver.

This private Ranch lies on six acres in Scottsdale, Arizona and features four custom MD Barnmaster barns and a large 90′ x 160′ covered arena by Banger Steel. Custom architectural steel elements like lattice accents, and barn entry monuments, personalize this custom MD Barnmaster equestrian ranch project as yet another one of a kind barn build project.

At a Glance:

• Two 24 stall barns that feature 12′ x 16′ and 16′ breezeway with two grooming bays
• Tack barn with two tack rooms, rest rooms and offices and 12′ eaves
• Hay barn with 16’ eaves, covered farriers work station and feed storage
• 90’ x 160’ covered arena, by Bunger Steel Inc, with 16’ eaves

Gallery Images – Barn Designs, Footings and Delivery Stage:

Custom MD Barnmaster Equestrian Ranch Features and Benefits:

NEAR ZERO % FIRE SPREAD RATING
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and metal roofing offers near zero flame spread rating.

LIFETIME KICK and CHEW PROOF WARRANTY
MD Barnmaster’s lifetime kick thru, and chew proof warranty on their steel lined wall panels provides the confidence and safety features that your horses will not be able to kick thru the stall walls which can cause injury, or digest harmful bacteria harboring wood cups and splinters.

LOW MAINTENANCE – SAFE LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Non bacteria harbofingwall panels are low maintenance and are easily sanitized to prevent disease. The modular building system has no sharp edges or rusty nails – means no cuts, pulled manes or tails.

40 YEAR WALL and ROOF PAINT SYSTEM
MD Barnmaster 40 paint system means your barn will stand the test of time. After all, you have better things to do than work on your barn.

CONFIDENCE IN A MANUFACTURER
Build A Better Barn – Today’s barns range from simple barn sheds to elaborate horse mansions. Our innovative, construction process has revolutionized the barn industry making us the leading builder of dream barns and equine facilities since 1975. Our barns are engineered to be the safest and strongest in the market, and out-perform the average barn in handling heavy snow, high winds and jarring earthquakes. Contact Coffman barns today and see how affordable your dream barn can be.

06 Nov 2018
On-site Built Engineered Barn Project - Coffman Barns

On-site Built Engineered Barn Project – Rio Verde, Arizona

On-site Built Engineered Barn

Rio Verde foothills near Scottsdale, Arizona – Barn Build Project

Coffman Barns recently completed this beautiful on-site built engineered barn project that features a mare motel, goat barn and a large riding arena in the Rio Verde foothills near Scottsdale, Arizona.

The roof and wall sheeting is a painted product called Bunger Rust which resembles the rusted look without the continuing decay of the metal that is associated with the other rusted roofing.

At a Glance:

• The gable barn features four (4) – 12′ x 12′ stalls, wash rack, tack room and hay storage.
• The goat barn has two (2) – 12′ x 12′ fully meshed stalls with a large turnout attached.
• The riding arena is 130′ x 160′.

Looking for an On-site Built Engineered Barn or Building?

Whether you have your own barn or building idea, or need a professional design service, Coffman Barns has helped dozens of home owners, equestrian professionals, commercial and agricultural facilities realize their goals. From custom, modular, pre-engineered MD Barnmaster barns and buildings, to agricultural buildings, to on-site built engineered barns, buildings and other unique structures, Coffman Barns is your turn-key solution to design, fabrication and installation. Contact us today to learn more.

16 Sep 2018
Back-to-Back Shedrow Barn Project - Coffman Barns

Back-to-Back Shedrow Barn Project – Scottsdale, AZ

Shedrow Barn Project for “The Ranch”

Back-to-Back Shedrow Barn Project Especially Designed for “The Ranch” – Scottsdale, Arizona – 2014 Barn Build Project

“The Ranch”, part of a private club located in North Scottsdale, partnered with Coffman Barns (R. D. Coffman Enterprises, Inc. DBA) to build their new back-to-back Shedrow barn project. This 12 stall horse barn features a large 16′ x 24′ breezeway with a 12′ gable porch to provide shade and shelter from the hot Arizona sun. MD Barnmaster Ranch style open stall fronts also allow for maximum ventilation. This custom back-to-back Shedrow barn project also features 12′ x 24′ storage/maintenance room on one end, a tack and storage room accessible from the breezeway. Coffman Barns is an authorized MD Barnmaster dealer in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

At a Glance:

• 12 Stall Back-to-Back Shedrow
• 16′ x 24′ Open Breezeway
• 16′ x 12′ Gable End Porch
• 12′ x 12′ Tack Room
• 12′ x 12′ Storage Room
• 12′ x 24′ Maintenance Room
• Ranch Style Stall Fronts

Back-to-Back Shedrow Barn Safety Features:

FIRE RESISTANCE
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and metal roofing offers near zero flame spread.

LOW MAINTENANCE, NONPOROUS, CHEW PROOF STALLS
MD Barnmaster’s steel lined wall systems and feature 26ga zinc steel siding laminated over 3/4“ plywood with 26ga pre-finished painted steel wall siding at exterior. Top of the line door hardware and bridged weep hole in the bottom proprietary wall channel specifically designed by MD Barnmaster provides years of carefree use.

KICK PROOF WALLS
MD Barnmaster’s lifetime kick thru warranty on their steel lined wall panels provides the confidence and safety features that your horses will not be able to kick thru the stall walls which can cause injury.

CONFIDENCE IN A MANUFACTURER
Since 1975, MD Barnmaster has been the leading, most recognized barn manufacturer in the world. MD Barnmaster industry leading safety features including lifetime kick/chew proof warranty, 0% fire spread rating, low maintenance and easy sanitizing to prevent disease.

About H2R Expeditions Located at “The Ranch”

Fully Self Supported Luxury Camps
H2R Expeditions is an outdoor recreation outfitter specializing in providing fine tented camps in remote locations. One of the H2R locations is at “The Ranch” where H2R operates their luxury camping trips out the back-to-back shedrow barn project by Coffman Barns. Their customers are typically adventurous people who want to experience the true essence of a place by staying in a camp but don’t want to sacrifice comfort, great food, and exceptional service.

To learn more about H2R Expeditions, or to book a trip, visit their website.

29 Aug 2018
Fort Huachuca Barn Project Coffman Barns

Fort Huachuca Barn Project

Fort Huachuca Barn Project

Coffman Barns – Fort Huachuca, Arizona – 2014 Barn Build Project

The Department of the Army selected Coffman Barns to build the Fort Huachuca Barn Project. Coffman barns designed the 18 stall with storage for B TROOP, 4th U.S. Calvary (Memorial & Museum).

At a Glance:

• 18 Stalls  – 12′ x 12′ with 16′ Corrals (12′ covered porch)
• 12′ Breezeway Raised Center Isle (RCA) Roofline for Optimal Airflow
• Two 28′ x 34′ Storage Pads
• Skylight Panels for Increased Natural Lighting
• Santa Fe Style Sliding Stall Doors (Front)
• Solid Sliding Dutch Doors (Back – Corral)

Coffman Barns is very proud to be part of Fort Huachuca history as the barn builder for the Fort Huachuca Barn Project.

History of Fort Huachuca: To learn more about Fort Huachuca, museum, visiting hours, location and hours of operation, please visit the original website and article at http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/history.html)

Fort Huachuca is a product of the Indian Wars of the 1870s and 1880s. In February 1877, Colonel August B. Kautz, commander of the Department of Arizona, ordered that a camp be established in the Huachuca Mountains. This camp would offer protection to settlers and travel routes in southeastern Arizona while simultaneously blocking the traditional Apache escape routes through the San Pedro and Santa Cruz valleys to sanctuary in Mexico. A temporary camp was established at the post’s current location on March 3, 1877, by Captain Samuel Marmaduke Whitside with two companies of the 6th Cavalry. The site was selected because it had fresh running water, an abundance of trees, excellent observation in three directions, and protective high ground for security against Apache tactical methods. Camp Huachuca was redesignated a fort in 1882.

In 1886, General Nelson A. Miles designated Fort Huachuca as his advance headquarters and forward supply base for the Geronimo campaign. Geronimo’s surrender in August 1886 practically ended the Apache danger in southern Arizona. The Army closed more than 50 camps and forts in the territory, but Fort Huachuca was retained because of continuing border troubles involving renegade Indians, Mexican bandits, and American outlaws and freebooters.

In 1913, the 10th Cavalry “Buffalo Soldiers arrived and remained almost 20 years. The 10th Cavalry joined General John J. Pershing in the 1916 expedition into Mexico and, during World War I, it was assigned the mission of guarding the United-States-Mexico border.

By 1933, the 25th Infantry Regiment had replaced the 10th Cavalry as the main combat unit for the fort. The 25th, in turn, was absorbed by the 93rd Infantry Division during World War II. When the 93rd departed for the Pacific in 1943, the 92nd Infantry Division arrived at the fort for training and subsequent assignment to the European Theater. During the war years, the troop strength reached 30,000 men at the fort, which in the 1930s had been described as suitable for a brigade-sized unit of about 10,000 men.

At war’s end, the fort was declared surplus and transferred to the State of Arizona. Itwas reactivated during the Korean War by the Army Engineers.

A new era began in 1954 when control passed to the Chief Signal Officer, who found the area and climate ideal for testing electronic and communications equipment. The importance of the fort in the national defense picture grew steadily from that moment. In 1967, Fort Huachuca became the headquarters of the U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command.

Then, in 1971, the post became the home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, bringing with it the School Brigade.

The Strategic Communications Command became the U.S. Army Communications Command in 1973, subsequently changing to the U.S. Army Information Systems Command in 1984.

In October 1990, the post changed hands with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command became the new host command; the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca now operates the post.

Today, Fort Huachuca is a major military installation in Arizona, and one of prominence throughout the Southwest.

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