Hill Country
Fort McKavett State Historic Site
Fort McKavett State Historic Site Information:   
This beautiful historic fort was originally called Camp San Saba because it was built near Government Spring, one of the sources of the San Saba River. The soldiers ate the watercress covering the stream to prevent scurvy. The fort was later renamed for Captain Henry McKavett who lost his life in the Mexican War Battle of Monterrey. This fort is one of the better preserved forts established in 1852 to protect frontier settlers and travelers on the San Antonio-El Paso Road from Indian raids. Throughout the 1870s, black troops under the command of white commanders fought the Indian battles; 1st Sgt. Emanuel of the 9th Cavalry became the first black soldier to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. 19 historic white buildings have been beautifully restored, including the officers’ quarters, barracks, hospital, schoolhouse, morgue, and the post headquarters and sink (outhouse). The fort complex is stunning and very impressive. The hospital features period furniture, and is home to the Fort McKavett Post Library and Research Center, the visitor center and a museum featuring a large number of great time line photos. The research library is open by appointment to students and researchers only. Activities include historical studies, self-guided walking tours of the restored buildings and hiking to Government Spring. The ruins of a lime kiln are located on this trail. Some areas are wheelchair accessible. The site hosts special education programs and events. Volunteer positions are available. For more park information, read Texas Forts History and the Fort McKavett State Historic Site Brochure. (325) 396-2358. From Menard, take U.S. 190 west for 17 miles. Go 6 miles south on FM 864 to the park entrance.   
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Fort McKavett State Historic Site Directions & Map:
From Menard, take U.S. 190 west for 17 miles. Go 6 miles south on FM 864 to the park entrance.