Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Historic Forts and Presidios

Fort Clark, Brackettville
Fort Clark, Brackettville


The defense of a territory as big as Texas required investing big resources into the effort-materials and man power, especially-a fact not lost on our Texas ancestors. In fact, far more forts and presidios were constructed in Texas than the few still standing today. Throughout Texas history, whether during exploration, colonization, revolution, or expansion, Texans stayed busy establishing forts, presidios, military camps, barracks, and stockades to ward off potential enemies. During the 19th century alone, considered the state's expansionist period for Anglo-Americans, more than 30 defensive forts were built across the state.

Sometimes the fortresses held their ground; other times they burned to the ground or were moved stone by stone. Texans have done a great job of restoring, conserving, and interpreting some of our finest remaining forts and Spanish presidios, whether they stand solid and intact or are simply the austere remains. A tour of the survivors like Fort Davis, the Alamo, and Fort Defiance provide great opportunities to imagine the heat of the battle (without actually getting shot). Wander their grounds and examine the ramparts, the cannons, the towers, and blockades, but don't forget to check your musket at the door.

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Upcoming Events

  • April 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Fort McKavett State Historic Site
    7066 FM-864
    Fort McKavett  Texas  76825
    United States

    Come out and learn how these original Skype machines worked and how messages were transmitted across the expanding, yet shrinking, nation!

  • April 19, 2017 (All day) to April 22, 2017 (All day)

    Fort Concho National Historic Landmark
    630 S Oakes St
    San Angelo  Texas  76903
    United States

    Fort Concho will host a Regional Cavalry Competition under the rules and guidelines of the United States Cavalry Association (USCA) on April 19-22, 2017.


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Read more about presidios in the Handbook of Texas Online.