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“Well Worrh Seeing”

Fort Davis National Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Fort Davis
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Owner description: A restored cavalry post that is open to the public.
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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“Well Worrh Seeing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

Fort Davis was very enjoyable to visit. We were so impressed by this piece of history. The Ranger was very helpful in providing lots of information. The movie was very interesting, as well as were the buildings, grounds and displays. The place is huge and in great condition. The gift shop had many good books and souvenirs. This was another really nice surprise while we visited this area.

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Atlanta
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“A Stroll Through A Significant Chapter of Western History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Fort Davis sits in a dramatic setting. First established in 1854 and at its peak in the early 1880's, the fort allowed settlement of the area in a time of Indian raids and risky travel. There were even camels here during a mid-19th century experiement by the military to look for the best modes of transport for supplies over desert conditions. The rangers are enthusiastic about the fort, which was reclaimed from oblivion by the park service in the early 1960's as buildings were restored and attention given to telling its significant story of service. This is a BIG fort and walking around can be tiring, especially during the warmer months. (Golf carts are available for visitors with mobility problems) Several buildings have furnished rooms restored to period presentation and the attention to detail is excellent. (Be sure to see the hospital and the infantry barracks) There's a brief orienting film and a well supplied gift shop and book store. There's also the powerful story of Henry O. Flipper, the 1st African American graduate of West Point, who was stationed here and who was court-martialed here. The proceedings were carried out in the chapel, the ruins of which still stand. There is no doubt that racism played a part in the actions. He went on to have a full and successful life shadowed by the court martial, which he sought to have reviewed multiple times. This ultimately happened during Clinton's administration when he received a full pardon and reversal of the decision. Just a bit late for Flipper to appreciate. His story is one of many that the rangers can tell. I see the fort and its many narratives as appropriate for older children and adults. If you have time, I'd highly encourage a hike to the overlook on the cliffs behind the officer's quarters. Early morning is the best time, when its cool and the sun is still low on the horizon. Its a great view of the fort's layout. Even if you're not into military history, the stories of the persons who lived and worked at this fort over its lifetime offer vivid glimpses into 19th century life in the west.

Visited September 2012
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Round Rock, Texas
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“Easy tour and interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is the third time we visited this site and still enjoy seeing it. Some of the buildings are somewhat original and are interesting. Easy walking tour.

Visited September 2012
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“Learned a lot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

I was curious to know what made Ft Davis a National Historic Park, compared to the other State Historic parks I had visited earlier. The restoration of the buildings and the artifacts was a huge difference. As a former enlisted soldier the huge enlisted barracks with all the details was great to see. I especially got excited when I saw my first real Gattling gun, and later the Park Ranger told me they could take it out today and fire it made it that more cool. The Commisary and other buildings that was furnished was good to see what it looked like in the era. As I walked around the fort it gave me a better understanding why it was so important at the time to protect to San Antonio-El Paso road. The scenery around the Fort is very nice to look at as well.

Visited August 2012
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“The Buffalo Soldiers' History is Fascinating and Should be More Publicised”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

The weather was really just too hot to be able to spend the time we should have at this unique Fort. The Museums were very interesting, but rather small, and the different buildings were too far apart to walk given the high temperatures. The bunk room museum was very well done.

Visited August 2012
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