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“Abilene version of True Grit.”
Review of Fort Phantom Hill

Fort Phantom Hill
Ranked #4 of 37 things to do in Abilene
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

I visited in February, when it was windy and 65 degrees, but for the full effect, I should have done it in August when it was 101 degrees. Make sure you wear your woolen military uniform, and don't have any fresh water within 20 miles or so. It stands as a reminder of the determination and grit of the pioneers here. This won't be the star attraction of your visit here, but its realism makes it worth a couple hours.

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Reviewed February 15, 2012

If you're on FM 600 going north out of Abilene, stop by and view the ruins.

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Reviewed February 7, 2012

I know I've been here but I don't remember a thing about it. Can't be that good.

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Reviewed February 3, 2012

Driving along FM 600 the tall chimneys appear on a hill. The highway cuts right through the old 1850's fort site with the magazine on one side of the road and the rest of the fort on the other. The parking lot is on the southwest side. Admission is free.
The guardhouse still stands sentinel over the chimneys which are all that is left of most all the buildings that were here. At the door to the guardhouse, a pamphlet provided by the Fort Phantom Foundation tells about the history of this ante bellum fort. It was used by the US Army only a few years, then abandoned and later used by the Butterfield Stage and the Texas Rangers. A town existed here at one time, but one sees no evidence today. It is all gone along with the Comanches, Kiowas and other tribes who once roamed here.

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Reviewed December 29, 2011

I would love to get a metal detector in this park but they are not allowed. The original grounds are there along with the foundations. There isn't much left of the original buildings but after 150 years it's pretty much what you could expect. The price is free so drive up and walk the grounds for 30 minutes.

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