Texas Forts Trail Region

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

Fort McKavett: Fort McKavett State Historic Site

The U.S. Army established Fort McKavett in 1852, but abandoned it by the end of the decade. In 1868, the fort reopened and elements of the U.S. Army's four African American regiments—the Buffalo Soldiers—€”used Fort McKavett during the Indian Wars. Sgt. Emmanuel Stance, one of the first Buffalo Soldiers to earn the Medal of Honor, was stationed here in 1870. 

Fort McKavett State Historic Site is a Texas Historical Commission property with restored buildings and a visitors center featuring detailed exhibits that tell the real stories behind this place. The site is open daily and also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the annual West Texas Heritage Days in March. 


  • 7066 FM 864
  • Fort McKavett, Texas
  • 76841


Hours & Fees

  • Open daily, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Adults: $4, Children (Ages 6-18) & Students with ID/Adult Tour Groups: $3 per person, Children (Ages 5 and under): free 
    School Groups: $1 per student (reservations required)

Map & Directions

From Menard, travel US Hwy 190 west for 17 miles, then turn south on FM 864 for six miles to the site.


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Read more about Fort McKavett in the Handbook of Texas Online.