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Fort Davis National Historic Site
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Fort Davis National Historic Site Information:
From 1854 to 1891, Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and the Chihuahua Trail, and to control activities on the southern stem of the Great Comanche war trail and Mescalero Apache war trails. Confederate troops manned the fort during the Civil War. Fort Davis did not have a fort wall or palisade; forts with palisade walls were very rare in the west. The Buffalo Soldiers of the all black 24th and 25th U.S. Infantry and the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry regiments were established after the Civil War, and were stationed at the post. The fort is considered the best preserved of all the 19th century frontier forts, and is one of the best preserved “Buffalo Soldier” forts in the west. The fort includes 474 acres of grounds. Fort facilities include 24 restored historic buildings and over 100 ruins and foundations. Five of the historic buildings have been restored to their original 1880s appearance. The 1876 adobe Post Hospital is undergoing restoration. Activities include self-guided tours of the five historically restored buildings and ruins, and hiking. A 4 mile trail connects this historic site to the Davis Mountains State Park. A 15 minute video is available for viewing in the Visitors Center. Interpreters dressed in period clothing are stationed at strategic points during the summer and during spring break. Bugle calls and a sound presentation of an 1875 dress retreat parade plays thorough out the fort at scheduled times. Educational programs for school groups K-12 are available. Living history demonstrations are held during the summer months. The fort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A small admission fee applies. Leashed pets are permitted on the grounds. The fort is located on the northern edge of the town of Fort Davis. From Alpine take SH 118 north to Fort Davis. (432) 426-3224, Ext. 220.  
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