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Fort Phantom Hill

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Address: Abilene, TX
Phone Number: 325-677-1309
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Old History

We really enjoyed this location. Take the guide at the entrance because you have to do this one on your own. Fun to imagine how life for the soldiers must have been and how they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Theodore T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this location. Take the guide at the entrance because you have to do this one on your own. Fun to imagine how life for the soldiers must have been and how they lived.

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Thank Theodore T
Abilene, Texas
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19 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Out on a mesquite prairie stands an abandoned fort. It was not in existence long. It was abandoned quickly. The soldiers that were here didn"t like it. The enemy was camped out in the winter time in a much superior place about 30 miles away. Why they never made contact is not known. If in visiting you get an eerie... More 

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1 Thank Don F
Fort Worth, Texas
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We love historical sites and Fort Phantom Hill has an interesting past. Dating from the 1850s, it served as a Confederate Fort and, after the Civil War, as a US outpost. A small town later grew up around the fort. Though it's now deserted and many of the structures are nothing more than foundation stones and chimneys, it is easy... More 

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Renfrew, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Located out of the city this area dates back to 1850. Not much left but a few chimneys & small weathered signs. A large mural greets you on entering. An imaginary trip back in time. Worth a visit.

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Thank cleoder
McKinney, Texas
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

If you are even remotely interested in Texas history, you will like checking this place out. It's free to roam for as long or short as you like. We went with our dog, picked up a brochure and walked thru the trails and saw lots of wildflowers. Great place to take pictures.

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1 Thank Steve D
Malone, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

On the surface there doesn't appear to be too much to see when looking from the parking lot. And to be fair, besides some ruins, there isn't. But if you have an interest in Texas/Western history, and are in the Abilene area, drive the extra few miles to see it. What are there are the remains of a pre-Civil War... More 

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4 Thank northbuddy
Middletown, Rhode Island
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

There is a new visitor's pavilion at the fort site. It has restrooms and interpretive panels and provides some shade from the sun on those hot days. The fort itself is as great of a site as it always was, but the new pavilion really makes it a more comfortable experience.

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3 Thank corsair982
east texas usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Super-interesting detour to a lesser known fort. Well- marked and tended and very peaceful out there.

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3 Thank lunamother
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Some nice chimney stack ruins to walk by in a quiet state park. A good stop over if you are in Abilene.

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2 Thank jared625
Mobile, Alabama
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673 reviews
390 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

I love visiting historical sites so I couldn't pass this place up when visiting the area. It is a beautifully kept park and is very informative with the map and history. The place just didn't like me too well and I kept having bad luck lol. I fell twice and ended up in huge thorny twigs out of my own... More 

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