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Texas Pecos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Historic Forts and Presidios


Fort Clark, Brackettville
Fort Clark, Brackettville

TO THE RAMPARTS!

The defense of a territory as big as Texas required investing big resources into the effort-materials and man power, especially-a fact not lost on our Texas ancestors. In fact, far more forts and presidios were constructed in Texas than the few still standing today. Throughout Texas history, whether during exploration, colonization, revolution, or expansion, Texans stayed busy establishing forts, presidios, military camps, barracks, and stockades to ward off potential enemies. During the 19th century alone, considered the state's expansionist period for Anglo-Americans, more than 30 defensive forts were built across the state.

Sometimes the fortresses held their ground; other times they burned to the ground or were moved stone by stone. Texans have done a great job of restoring, conserving, and interpreting some of our finest remaining forts and Spanish presidios, whether they stand solid and intact or are simply the austere remains. A tour of the survivors like Fort Davis, the Alamo, and Fort Defiance provide great opportunities to imagine the heat of the battle (without actually getting shot). Wander their grounds and examine the ramparts, the cannons, the towers, and blockades, but don't forget to check your musket at the door.

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Upcoming Events

  • Western Frontier Days at Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

    May 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Fort Lancaster State Historic Site
    629 Fort Lancaster Rd.
    Sheffield, TX  Texas  79781
    United States

    Western Frontier Days at Fort Lancaster are days of historical reenactment and living history displays. The grounds of Fort Lancaster will be filled with tents, stations and living history interpreters for visitors and students to learn from.

  • Western Frontier Days at Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

    May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Fort Lancaster State Historic Site
    629 Fort Lancaster Rd.
    Sheffield, TX  Texas  79781
    United States

    Western Frontier Days at Fort Lancaster are days of historical reenactment and living history displays. The grounds of Fort Lancaster will be filled with tents, stations and living history interpreters for visitors and students to learn from.


 

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Read more about presidios in the Handbook of Texas Online.