across the state from the Red River to the Rio Grande River, are the
remains of a once a formidable military presence on the frontier --
nineteenth-century forts. Though the Texas Forts Trail can't possibly
cover the more than four dozen old forts and presidios across the vast Lone Star
State, this 650 mile Scenic Byway certainly provides a glimpse
into many of these lonely outposts that were once situated on the
dangerous hills and dales of central Texas.
From 1848 to 1900, the U.S. Army built 44 major posts
and set up more than 100 temporary camps in Texas.
In addition to the many military forts established by the U.S. Army, a
number of earlier Republic-era forts, private bastions, and Spanish
Presidios were built and abandoned across the Lone Star State.
Today, these many sites range from ghostly ruins, to historically
accurate reconstructions, to nothing but a historical marker to
identify their locations.
During the 19th Century, settlers streamed west on to
the advancing frontier, invading the territorial lands of the
Americans who had long called this area home. Resentful of the influx of white settlers upon their