Every season is RV season here in Texas, which means there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors in 2014. Pack up your RV and head to one of our country’s best surviving examples of a U.S. Army post in the southwest — the Fort Davis National Historic Site.
Fort Davis’ History
Fort Davis, located on the Limpia Creek in Jeff Davis County, Tex., dates all the way back to 1854. The purpose of Fort Davis was to protect the garrison from mail coaches, freight wagons and emigrants on the Chihuahua Trail and the San Antonio-El Paso Road. Its initial purpose was to control the activities on the great Comanche and Mescalero Apache war trails.
Although, Fort Davis was quickly evacuated in 1861 with the start of the American Civil War and was ambushed and destroyed shortly after. Years later, in June of 1867, once the Civil War had ended, Fort Davis became a military post for the 9th and 10th U.S. Calvary and 24th and 25th U.S. Infantry (all-black regiments), who worked to rebuild the fort.
Visiting Fort Davis
Visitors should reserve roughly half of their day to seeing the fort in its entirety. The visitor center kicks off all tours with a 15-minute film, then visitors can roam the site, which includes six buildings that have been furnished and restored to look as they did in the 1880s, 20 other historic buildings and 100 ruins from the early days of the fort. If you’re lucky enough to visit the fort during spring break or the summertime, you’ll probably see spot members in period dress. Hiking trails, Junior Ranger activities, and plenty of scenic views are also integral parts of the site’s appeal.
Don’t Forget to Stop and See Us
Any time you’re traveling through Texas in your RV, don’t forget to stop and see us at CCRV — your go-to south Texas RV dealer. Our qualified staff can help you shop for everything from a new or used RV to camping supplies and upgrades for your current home away from home. Stop in and see us in Corpus Christi or log onto our website to find out more about CCRV.net today.
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