Fort McKavett State Historic Site in Fort McKavett

Texas’ illustrious military history ranges from the frontier era to 20th-century international warfare. Honor the state’s proud record of service at battlefields, forts, and sacred grounds. Make plans to visit a historic military site in Texas:

•Fort Griffin in Albany was one of the U.S. Army’s defensive forts from 1867 to 81, during the Indian Wars. The site is home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd.

•Fort Lancaster in Sheffield preserves the remnants of one of four U.S. Army posts established in 1855 to protect the overland route between San Antonio and El Paso. It remains the only U.S. Army fort in Texas that was attacked by Native Americans.

•Fort McKavett stands atop a remote hill in Menard County. It is one of the best-preserved examples of a Texas Indian Wars (1850–75) military post. 

•Monument Hill in La Grange marks the tomb of the men who died during the Dawson Massacre of September 1842 and the ill-fated November 1842 Mier expedition with its dramatic Black Bean Incident.

•National Museum of The Pacific War in Fredericksburg is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II.

•Sabine Pass Battleground in Port Arthur is the location of a significant Civil War battle. The site features a memorial to Confederate Lt. Richard “Dick” Dowling and interpretive exhibits.

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