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Fort D. A. Russell

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Fort D. A. Russell

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Rick S wrote a review Oct 2020
Seguin, United States13 contributions1 helpful vote
Compared to the other Forts to visit in West Texas this is the worst. Do not waste your time. Visit Fort Stockton and Fort Davis and the Riggs Museum and of course the incredible Museum in Alpine of Big Bend.....This is simple the best.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Janis P wrote a review Feb 2020
Stephenville, Texas12 contributions2 helpful votes
I had read on Trip Advisor that this was a stop not to miss in Marfa, and that is totally true. Miss Mona leads you through the marvelous stories of the military stationed at Fort D.A. Russell, including Gen. George Patton, the German prisoners interred there, two of whom painted floor to ceiling murals on the walls of Building 98, the purchase of the facility by Mr. Roosevelt (Teddy's nephew), and then Mona's purchase and unbelievable renovation. Allow time to enjoy the beautiful antique furniture, paintings, rugs, and all sorts of relics from various centuries and decades. It is now a venue for weddings, artist's displays, including Miss Mona's late son's breathtaking pictures and other creations from metals, apartments for artists in residence, and visitors from all over. The $10 entry fee is a steal! You MUST make plans in advance and call for a reservation, and it make take a day or two to hear back. But it is so worth the effort!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mike Harmon wrote a review Mar 2019
Pensacola, Florida77 contributions36 helpful votes
You have to look for it but Building 98 is one of the most unique places I’ve ever visited in the US. It used to be the officers housing for the fort, the last active Calvary unit in the Army. George Patton played polo here. But what knocked my eyes out were the murals of old west scenes painted by German Afrika Corps POW. Just amazing. A special shout out to the tour guide who gave my wife and I a true VIP tour. if your visiting the Big Bend don’t miss this spot.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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robby1029tx wrote a review Sep 2018
Round Rock, Texas9 contributions15 helpful votes
I'm glad everybody else has "loved" it so far...……. wish I could say the same, however it was closed at 2 pm on a Wednesday. Apparently you have to make an appointment, to go inside and take a tour, like a VIP, or a Billionaire, or a Foreign Dignitary. Very lame, for a small town, with NOT MUCH ELSE TO OFFER.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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noplacetogo wrote a review Apr 2018
Texas242 contributions92 helpful votes
I had heard a little about the military base and less about the murals by Italian prisoners. Nestled among Chinati Foundation properties and not a lot of signage available, a visit is certainly worthwhile. Our guide was informative and patient with our questions. Some of the facility is a work in progress. These are former military buildings that have undergone privatization. You see the buildings in their various incarnations. The murals were our main interest and they were interesting. Enjoyable visit.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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