• Photo by: Max Kandler

    Fort Davis

    National Historic Site Texas

A Frontier Post

Fort Davis is one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars' frontier military post in the Southwest. From 1854 to 1891, Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and on the Chihuahua Trail.

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Small arms demonstration Fort Davis NHS.

The first Fort Davis served as a temporary refuge for thousands of emigrants, freighters, and travelers during the decade preceding the Civil War. Its soldiers provided protection for the U.S. Mail and they saw the establishment of a number of stage stations and military posts in the region.