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Fort McKavett State Historic Site, Fort Mc Kavett

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Fort McKavett State Historic Site is located in Menard County, Texas, United States. Fort McKavett was a frontier fort established as Camp on the San Saba in 1852 to protect settlers from Indian raids. The camp was renamed in honor of Captain Henry McKavett, who was killed in the Mexican-American War battle of Monterrey.Other forts in the frontier fort system were Forts Griffin, Concho, Belknap, Chadbourne, Stockton, Davis, Bliss, Richardson, Clark, McIntosh, Inge, and Phantom Hill in Texas, and Sill in Oklahoma. Subposts or intermediate stations were also used, including Bothwick's Station on Salt Creek between Fort Richardson and Fort Belknap, Camp Wichita near Buffalo Springs between Fort Richardson and Red River Station, and Mountain Pass between Fort Concho and Fort Griffin.
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  • We didn't spend as much time here as we wanted- we were traveling with our dogs. Happened to visit the same day an incredible amount of school kids did and it was a little too much for the pups to han...  more »
  • The 80 acre site consisting of 19 well preserved and beautifully restored buildings from a 1852 military post is a bit remote (17 miles west of Menard on Hwy 190 the six miles south on FM 864), but it...  more »
  • We were so excited to see this fort. It has a very quiet, out of the way location less than an hour from Junction TX. The setting was pretty and the grounds were immaculate. I found the office, said w...  more »
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  • Gorgeous scenery, fantastic historical preserve. Be sure to hike the trail to the San Sabo headstrong and first mill sites. Rugged rocky terrain following river bed up, but there is a less rugged trail marked. Self tours. Neat!
  • Extensive historical structures in tact. Staff was very knowledgeable regarding frontier fort history. My only complaint was the museum was being remodeled and I couldn't go into some of the furnished structures when I was there.
  • Awesome site with a ton of original structures. Good living history programs.
  • Be sure to check their event calendar to try and time when the site will be doing time era performances. A great fort to visit. Chocked full of information on how life unfolded 100+ years ago. When you visit any of the forts in Texas be sure to ask why the forts were placed at their locations. The soldiers back then were certainly experts in finding the landscape that gave the best advantage to them.
  • A great piece of history. Beautiful place.