Fort Sumner is in DeBaca County
, and in the Southeast New Mexico
region. You can find Fort Sumner north of Roswell
between Vaughn and Clovis
along US Highway 60 on the banks of the Pecos River
near Sumner Lake
October 31, 1862, Congress authorized the buildings of the military Fort Sumner at Bosque Redondo, a space forty miles square. This fort would be the first Indian reservation west of Oklahoma Indian Territory. Resting on the Pecos River, the town of Fort Sumner, New Mexico was first known as Sunnyside, New Mexico ( in San Miguel County) with a post office from 1878 to 1882.