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Fort Phantom Hill

Address: Abilene, TX
Phone Number: 325-677-1309
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Ranked #5 of 30 things to do in Abilene
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Marshall, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We have actually visited Fort Phantom Hill on several occasions with my daughter who is attending college at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. It is amazing to see the foundation and chimneys for the buildings that housed the soldiers still standing. The fireplaces were HUGE. It probably speaks to the severity of the west Texas plain winters. I bet it... More 

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Desolate remains of an old Texas fort - well worth the stop. It is in the middle of nowhere, the nice thing is that there are never any tourists there - so you have free roam of the place. History interesting - well worth the detour if you enjoy history!

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We visited as a curiosity. It's nice that folks wish to preserve the history of the area, yet there is not much to see. Fortunately, the free pamphlet provided substantial info and we were able to visualize how busy and important this fort was during its day.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

There were lots of ants - if you stood still for more than a few seconds, you were bitten by fire ants. I felt that the stop could have been made better with a little effort.

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Abilene, TX
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We can here after seeing the list of forts at the Frontier West Museum. It was a cold, windy December morning when made our self guided tour...perfect to imagine what life was really like. Well kept and clean it was a treat.

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Columbia, Missouri
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It's easy to get to but for some reason GPS's don't work, nor does any website have accurate instructions. From downtown Abilene, just get on West Lake Drive and go north. According to our odometer, it is not quite 12 miles north of where you cross I-20, on your right. We went at sunset, and it was magical. The wind... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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125 reviews 125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We stopped by this historical location on a mild but chilly December afternoon and had a nice stop for an Abilene tourist attraction. This historical site was begun when the US army of 1851 marched from Fort Belknap (another fun tourist stop) to this place known as Phantom Hill. There is great information provided at the site about all the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Visited the hill late afternoon during the week. Its a 20 min drive north of Abilene, and a peaceful drive. The fort holds many ruins spread out over several acres, and there are plenty to view. The walk is a trail, not paved, as it should be. Clean, well kept and a wonderful place to shoot photographs and listen to... More 

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G-Patch, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This family of history dorks absolutely LOVED this place! WOW! The history was everywhere. I'd never heard of Ft Phantom Hill before, so it was a pleasant surprise. My kids had a fantastic time, and we enjoyed walking the grounds. The only drawback is that is wasn't easy to find because EVERY map leads you to the wrong place. Just... More 

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Drove north of Abilene in search of Fort Phantom Hill. It is about a 10 mile drive from I20. In other words, just when you think you missed a sign, you see the remains of the chimneys of quarters. The park area gives you a layout of the fort and it is a self guided tour. It is a little... More 

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