Overlooking the spring-fed waters of the San Saba River in Texas scenic Hill Country lies Fort McKavett State Historic Site. This area had long been home to various Native American groups. Spanish Missionaries arrived in the 1750's and the US Army in 1852. Fort McKavett is one of the best preserved and most intact examples of a Texas Indian Wars military post.
Fort McKavett was established, in part, to help guard the upper San Antonio-El Paso Road. The limestone hilltop commanded distant views in all directions. Soldiers quarried stone on site and cut native pecan and oak tress used for some of the fort's construction. The fort's garrison included 350 to 500, some of which were Buffalo Soldiers. Women played an important role at the Fort as officer's brought their families with them.
Located in deep West Texas, off Texas 190, between the towns of Menard and El Dorado. If traveling on I-10, take Ranch Road 1674 north. Watch for abundant deer when driving. Well worth your time.
Curtis A. Smith 2000-2018