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Fort Phantom Hill

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M J wrote a review Aug 2020
Austin, Texas6,914 contributions712 helpful votes
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My husband and I went to Fort Phantom Hill on a Sunday afternoon. We shared the 20 acre fort area with another couple from the distance. Fort Phantom Hill was active from 1852 to 1853 and from 1856 to the 1890s. There were three original stone buildings; a powder magazine, a guardhouse and warehouse. Several original stone chimneys, some old foundations and water well still exist. A couple old wagons, a canon and covered informational pavilion (with restrooms) were on the premises as well. There were no park rangers or other personnel at the historic fort. As far as I could tell, the fort is open all of the time. We spent 20-30 minutes walking around the ruins on dirt paths and across small fields. The grass was cut short but we watched for snakes. We certainly enjoyed our self-tour and it is free.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Jeff A wrote a review Aug 2020
Harker Heights, Texas89 contributions19 helpful votes
After going to Frontier Texas and then taking the drive out to Fort Phantom Hill really helped to make the interactive displays at Frontier Texas really come alive. What surprised us the most was just how expansive the size of the outpost truly was with the several remaining stone chimneys giving you a good perspective e of just how many dwellings resided within the fort's footprint. Even more noteworthy was just how isolated this outpost was. Visting the place gave you a great appreciation for modern amenities such as AC as we walked the site one could feel the sweltering heat from the afternoon sun beating down making you wonder how the Soldiers stationed there could tolerate the extremely hot and lonely summers. Definitely recommend seeing to get a sense of just how difficult life on the Texas frontier must have been during the early years in the 1800s.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Mark-Pat2011 wrote a review Jun 2020
Fort Worth, Texas183 contributions21 helpful votes
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Very interesting place. If you go, go when they first open. Lots of walking, but very interesting. Even our dog liked it
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Dan P wrote a review May 2020
Denton, United States202 contributions28 helpful votes
There are only a few complete buildings to see, but the maps, signs and plaques allow your imagination to fill in the gaps. The hot wind on this day made it clear what a summer day would have been like here.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Mel2745 wrote a review May 2020
Denton, Texas62 contributions3 helpful votes
Visiting on the way into Abilene; structures on both sides of the road; prickly pear cactus was blooming in several places. Structures were identified and grounds are maintained.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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