While driving from El Paso to Big Bend National Park we made a small detour to visit Fort Davis National Historic Site. A key post in the defense system of west Texas, Fort Davis played a major role in the history of the Southwest. From 1854 until 1891, troops stationed at the post protected emigrants, freighters, mail coaches, and travelers on the San Antonio-El Paso Road. Today Fort Davis is one of the best remaining examples of a frontier military post. Many buildings have been restored to give a good feel for life when it was thriving. Additionally, most foundations still exist to give a feel for the size and number of buildings.
Fort Davis has a storied history through the Civil War, battles with Apaches, and the serving of four black infantry units. There is a museum and 14 minute video that tell the story very well. The restoration of buildings and photos of the actual fort make this a worthwhile stop.
The little town of Fort Davis is neat too. Tiny but cute.