Continuing our visit to the Ft. Davis Historical Site, the grounds offer a glimpse into the past. From 1854-1891, the fort provided safety to freight wagons and stagecoaches traveling on the San Antonio-El Paso Road. It is a rich history as a military outpost and one with valor. It is, also marked by very different values, as we view the Indian Wars and the all-black regiments.
Surrounded by the Davis Mountains in SW Texas, it is a spectacular location. One can imagine the weary travelers pulling into the military outpost with a combination of gratitude and awe.
As if the mountain range breaking into the sky were not enough, look at the expanse. The blue and the clouds seem to go on forever.
There are quite a number of buildings still standing and five have been restored to their 1880s status. They are interesting and filled with historical artifacts. If you’re bringing kids, make sure to get the Jr. Ranger worksheet. It leads through the buildings with questions and mysteries to solve. (This was an especial win as we’re homeschooling. Frankly, I learned a lot myself!)
There are also hundreds of ruins and skeletons of the pre-Civil War buildings.
Bring your walking shoes, it is a huge site. We actually took a lunch break at a local restaurant. It was worth the return, however. I highly recommend a visit!
Another check on our map!