Fort Davis National Historic Site - Texas

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Fort Davis National Historic Site
Photo of Fort Davis National Historic Site courtesy NPS

Set in the rugged beauty of the Davis Mountains of west Texas, Fort Davis is one of America's best surviving examples of an Indian Wars' frontier military post in the Southwest. 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. Fort Davis is important in understanding the presence of African Americans in the West and in the frontier military because the 24th and 25th U.S. Infantry and the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry, all-black regiments established after the Civil War, were stationed at the post.

Today, twenty-four roofed buildings and over 100 ruins and foundations are part of Fort Davis National Historic Site. Five of the historic buildings have been refurnished to the 1880s, making it easy for visitors to envision themselves being at the fort at the height of its development.

Fort Davis National Historic Site was authorized as a unit of the National Park System in 1961.

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Facilities available at Fort Davis National Historic Site:

Fort Davis National Historic Site website
Recreation Area Map
Park Email:

Phone numbers
Visitor Information 432-426-3224 ext. 20
Visitor Center Desk 432-426-3224 ext. 26

P.O. Box 1379
101 Lt. Henry Flipper Drive
Fort Davis, TX 79734