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Fort Davis National Historic Site

Fort Davis, TX
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Fort Davis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, National Parks, Lighthouses
Activities: Hiking
Description: A restored cavalry post that is open to the public.
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addison, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

They were not open. But, I have been there before. The fort is definitely worth exploring. A lot of history there.

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Geronimo, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Great restoration and very interesting tour. We loved seeing the fort as it used to be. We could have spent more time but after two hours our ten year Olds were bored.

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Alpine, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great exhibits and interesting restorations to view. Engaging Young Ranger program for the kids. Our 10 year old granddaughter enjoyed the scavenger hunt and learned quite a bit of history.

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Ladson
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This old fort is quite interesting. It is quite spread out, you can see as much or as little as you wish. Hiking trails are on the back hills over the fort for amazing views - worth the climb. Watch for wildlife! The restored buildings are well presented and interesting. An overall positive experience to learn about the local history.... More

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San Antonio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We enjoyed visiting and learning about Fort Davis, the fort, and it's history. I would recommend 2-3 hours to tour the fort. Had we known the trails up the cliff were available for hiking, we would have allotted more time, so we could enjoy that as well.

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Austin, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We enjoyed our visit. It was very cold, so we didn't get to linger as much as we would have liked, but there was a lot of interest. We were probably most interested in the old hospital. They had a cool exhibit where you could see what happened to actual patients (how they were treated, did they survive, etc.). If... More

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Riverside, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Been to a few of the old forts in Texas and this one is pretty nice. A lot of the original buildings still standing along with some nice ruins. Nice thing about this fort is the surrounding terrain. If you are in Marfa or Alpine its worth the drive.

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San Francisco, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
35 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Wear good shoes and bring water. For anyone interested in history this is a place to visit. It is $3.00 to get in plan on staying about 2 hours. The tour starts in the visitor center with a short movie, then on to the Enlisted men's barracks. The barrack is set up like it was when the fort was built... More

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Alpine, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

In the early days of our nation, men in Washington had a vision of manifest destiny. It was easy to redraw the map but difficult to expand westward. Fort Davis is a well-preserved testament to that. It was built as a fort to protect travelers going between San Antonio and El Paso. Additionally, it played a vital role in African-American... More

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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've visited several times over the past 30 years, and it's always worth the visit. This is the best example of a Western frontier fort in the U.S. today. Kudos to the staff and the NPS for continually maintaining and improving this site.

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