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“Good stopping point on drive to Presidio”
Review of Fort Leaton

Fort Leaton
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Presidio
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The Woodlands
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192 reviews
90 attraction reviews
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“Good stopping point on drive to Presidio”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

If you purchase entrance to the Big Bend State Park, you can tour the fort with the same pass for free. This is a nice bathroom break and good stop on the drive to Presidio. Spent about 45 minutes here touring the facility. They have done a good job restoring the area and staff are helpful.

Visited March 2014
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Keller, Texas
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81 reviews
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“Interesting stop”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

This is a huge stockade that was NOT built by the army. An individual built it for trade purposes. Since being donated to the state, it has been repaired. Interesting to see the design and learn about the families that lived there.

Visited March 2014
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Fredericksburg, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
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“Chihuahuan Trail Trading Post”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Fort Leaton is one of the most southern forts in Texas, and is just east of Presidio. Most of the Fort is in good repair, and efforts are underway to restore it to its original condition. This fort is unusual as it was first built as a trading post by a scoundrel, who capitalized its location as a way stop on the Chihuahuan Trail.

The museum details the cross border history and how the people living on each side of the border were dependent on and related to each other.

Be sure to ask Ranger Dave about people he has met who used to live in the fort. Also, he has a wealth of knowledge of the fort’s construction and the archeological work done there. He loves to tell his informative stories and does so in a most entertaining way.

Visited January 2014
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Belton, Texas, United States
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
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“A nice stop on the way to Big Bend”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Fort Leaton is a good place to stop and stretch your legs, only 4 miles east of Presidio. The park rangers are very informative and friendly. This is an old trading post that the Texas Parks & Wildlife saved and restored. You can check in here if you are going to Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park is right down the beautiful, scenic River Road, along the Rio Grande River dividing Texas & Mexico. Be sure to stop for a visit!

Visited September 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
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55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“History Evolving”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Great peek into a Private Fort built by merchant prior to the Mexican revolution, when Pancho Villa fought a key battle near Presidio. Exhibits include history of Mexican Revolution, history of people over the centuries in the area, and a little bit of everything including a giant wooden ox cart (wheels 8-10 feet tall) that the merchants used to use to bring things down from Marfa, rolling down a dry creek bed over a hundred miles. Definitely worth the $5 entrance fee - great guide with lots of oral history to share.

Visited December 2013
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