Fort Davis - Western National Parks Association

Fort Davis

National Historic Site


Fort Davis is one of the best surviving American Southwest examples of an Indian Wars frontier military post. 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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Located in southwest Texas, Fort Davis was declared a national historic site on September 8, 1961. One of the best-surviving examples of a frontier military post, the site preserves the history of a turbulent and controversial time in US history. The fort—originally established to protect mail coaches, travelers, and freight wagons on the San Antonio to El Paso Road—began as one of the largest military outposts on the frontier. The Ninth Cavalry, one of the first Black units in the US military, was stationed at Fort Davis from 1867 to 1885. Second Lt. Henry O. Flipper, the first Black graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, was stationed at Fort Davis from 1880 to 1881. Fort Davis National Historic Site is home to 15 species of mammals—including mountain lions, spotted ground squirrels, and gray foxes—and more than 120 species of birds.

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