|At Fort Davis, Texas|
We are happy to know that Coco and Chanel were able to also walk with us around the park. That was so nice since the temperatures were rising.
The visitor's center was also actually a museum along with a small store. I got my book stamped and Cierra bought her coin and then returned them to the truck so we didn't have to lug them around the park. We also found out they have a great Junior Ranger program with booklets for youngsters under age 7 and then over age 7.
|Main east buildings|
|Visitor's Center information booth|
|Little shop of historic reproductions and craft items|
|And, this was the Junior Ranger station for the kids and a map of the fort.|
|You can still see the permanent ruts in the road (looking north)|
|Looking south toward town|
|Web aerial view of the fort|
We were fortunate to be there on Junior Ranger day where there were 3 men dressed up in full military wool garb of the day and also a cute gal in her prairie dress and bonnet.
|The soldier on the left was really fun! The one of the right followed orders flawlessly.|
|Women lived on the Texas frontier at Fort Davis|
|The sergeant giving instructions|
|Cierra picked it right up.|
|Cierra was getting really good it ring toss! Way to go, girl!|
|Ring toss. Hunter made this one!|
|This little girl was always bugging Hunter and Cierra.|
|Clothes pin in the bottle (I remember playing this at my birthday parties in the '60s).|
|Listening to the sergeant|
|Cierra was standing at attention - she took all the instructions with pride!|
|Ready to about face|
|Resting with the rifle.|
**VIDEO**After the rifle training, the kids earned their junior ranger patch and a water bottle from the prairie woman. That was a nice surprise. But, by this time, we'd already been there an hour and so it was time to start touring the fort and finish filling in the junior ranger questions. They went to the artillery display, enlisted mens barracks, commissary, commanding officer's house, shared lieutenants quarters, hospital, chapel, guardhouse aka jail, and San Antonio-El Paso road.
Here of some photos of the artillery display:
|Buffalo Horse Soldier|
|What the commissary would have looked liked.|
|Wagon outside the commissary|
And, this is of the chapel where the court-martial of 2nd Lt. Henry O. Flipper occurred. He was the first black man to graduate from West Pint and served at Fort Davis from 1880-1881. He was tried in a controversial court-martial and dismissed from the army in 1882. In 1976, after reviewing his case, the Army posthumously gave him an honorable discharge and he received a full presidential pardon in 1999. Better late than never I guess, but still how frustrating at the time!
This is the commanding officers home where he and his family lived.
I saw some pretty flowers on the center court and had to photograph them...even in a desert, there is still beauty to be had.
After this the kid ran over to the kitchen and while I took care of Coco and Chanel (they were panting profusely due to the heat and walking - I gave them water and put water on their coats to cool them off), Scott took the kids to the back part of the original fort where the kids went to the hospital. I worked my way over to the visitor's center so the girls could lay in the shade. But, they had to say goodbye first.
|Coco loves everyone!|
|Coco was panting profusely!|
There were also a few other brick homes on the property that I thought were very pretty.
|One of a few homes at the Fort|
|There were ruins of about 8 of these homes|
|View of the Officer's homes from this red brick.|
Soon, they accomplished their Junior Ranger booklets and received their badges and took their oath.
|The ranger is checking their books.|
|Taking their oath|
|High 5's all around|
Well, I have to say, Fort Davis was a whole lot of fun, very informative and highly educational. I would highly recommend coming to this national historic park. The drive is lovely off I-10 to get there. We left from El Paso and took Highway 118 to get there with very very narrows roads. The better road is to go via Highway 17 (we took this road to get back to I-10). From both directions there is a great boon dock stop about 5 miles from town in either direction.