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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 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 »
  • This is definitely off the beaten path. Some housing has been restored, some is in rubble. There is a museum on the grounds with a small charge, but no charge to walk around and look at the remains of...  more »
  • Well restored piece of history. I really got a feel of how it felt to actually be there during the active operations of Fort Mckavett. It is isolated well enough that I could imagine Indians in the su...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I always look forward to visiting Ft. McKavett Historic Site. Given that it is in an isolated area, it really gives you the feel for how things were a hundred years ago. The staff at the fort are courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. Have always enjoyed stopping in and visiting this attraction.
  • Middle of nowhere but worth it. You really get the feel what it might have been like to live there when the fort was active.
  • Wonderful history and museum large enough to spend hours studying how they lived, like a time capsule.Must see.Nice gift shop too