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Fort Davis National Historic Site

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1854–1891, Wesley Merritt; 1963–1966 rehabilitated. 101 Lt. Henry Flipper Dr.

Fort Davis is an extraordinary sight. Built near Limpia Creek, it is embraced by the Davis Mountains with their eroded sandstone knobs. Established in 1854, the historic fort today occupies a 474-acre reservation between Simmons Ridge and Sleeping Lion Mountain. Fort Davis preserves the structure of a late-nineteenth-century U.S. Army border fort. Like its counterparts—for example, Forts Duncan (EL5), Clark (EL8), Concho (SS23), and Bliss (EP49)—Fort Davis displays the organizational pattern associated with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps’ planning standards: a broad rectangular parade ground flanked on one side by officers’ houses and on the other by enlisted men’s housing, with a small headquarters building at the head, and the post hospital off to one side. As was true of other

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Fort Davis National Historic Site", [Fort Davis, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 449-450.

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