Being a retired artillery officer, I already knew what the old western forts mostly looked like, but I was surpised and delighted at the opening dig at John Wayne and the western movies. After all, where did they get all those straight logs west of Dallas? The museum and personnel were quite interesting and the staff was helpful and friendly. Authenticity is good, but it would have been nice to have at least blocked off the footprint of all the missing buildings. After all, the fort was for the soldiers, and not the commanding officer's wife! I like the fact that they stressed that Fort Verde normally housed infantry companies and not cavalry. I have to admit I was a bit put off by a very truncated bugle call, which may have been "Retreat" or may have been "To the Color" but hard to tell which it was. In any event, I went into one officers' quarters and the flag flew, but when I left, it had been lowered.
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