Fort Bliss can trace its history back to the Mexican-American War, when it was first garrisoned in 1846. In 1916, Fort Bliss was the headquarters of the Punitive Expedition to capture the Mexican rebel Pancho Villa. Today, Fort Bliss is one of the largest army installations in the country, at approximately 1,700 total square miles in size – bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
Fort Bliss is an active military base and access is limited. Please call the First Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum for detailed visitation instructions. Visitors typically gain access same day.
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1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum