Fort Davis

Fort Davis

by Lawrence John Francell


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Established and named for US secretary of war Jefferson Davis in 1854, Fort Davis was key to the eventual settlement of the Davis Mountains' rich grasslands. Camels once grazed at the fort. It served as home to the African American regiments known as the Buffalo Soldiers, and Lt. Henry Flipper, the first African American to graduate from West Point, was court-martialed at this post. Present-day visitors to the town of Fort Davis can gaze at the stars and imagine the immensity of the universe at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, stay the night at the Civilian Conservation Corps-built Indian Lodge at Davis Mountains State Park, or visit with a living-history volunteer or park ranger at Fort Davis National Historic Site.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531652753
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 08/08/2011
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 818,650
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Lawrence John Francell, a county commissioner for Jeff Davis County, is the retired director of the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He is the author of Fort Lancaster: Texas Frontier Sentinel and numerous articles on the history of the region. The collections of the Fort Davis Historical Society, Fort Davis National Historic Site, the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, and many individuals were instrumental in telling the story of this unique community.

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