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Fort McKavett, TX

Posted on: September 6, 2014

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This is State Historic Site and it costs $4.00 to get entry.  This frontier post was established to guard the upper “San Antonio – El Paso” Road.  Set on a hilltop it allowed distant views in all directions.

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The post was home to 350-500 men.  The Hospital Building now houses the museum, gift shop, etc.

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There was a spring a quarter of a mile away that provided dependable water for the post.  There is a nature trail that leads to it and the quarry and lime kiln.

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The fort is constructed of stone that the soldiers quarried themselves.

Officers brought their families with them so there was a school on post but I didn’t take a picture of the school.

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The commanding officer’s home was the only two story building.  It was constructed in 1856 and was destroyed by fire in 1941.

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Ruins of the officers’s quarters.

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Ruins of the enlisted men’s barracks.  It was once the longest military building west of the Mississippi River.

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