Fort Davis National Historic Site

Fort Davis National Historic Site (NHS) is located in the highly diverse Davis Mountains. Fort Davis NHS is one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars’ frontier military post in the southwest and was a key post in the defense system of western Texas. 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. With the end of the Indian Wars in west Texas, garrison life at Fort Davis became more routine. Soldiers occasionally escorted railroad survey parties, repaired roads and telegraph lines, and pursued bandits. In June 1891, as a result of the army’s efforts to consolidate its frontier garrisons, Fort Davis was ordered abandoned, having “outlived its usefulness."