Fort Mason was established on July 6, 1851, in present-day Mason County, Texas. It was named in honor of George Thomson Mason, a United States Army second lieutenant killed in the Thornton Affair during the Mexican–American War near Brownsville, April 25, 1846. At various times from 1856 to 1861, this was the home fort for Albert Sidney Johnston, George H. Thomas, Earl Van Dorn, and Robert E. Lee. The fort was abandoned by the military in the 1870s, and restored by a group of local citizens in 1975. Visitors can tour the reproduction officers' quarters at the Fort Mason Museum. The fort is designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1936, marker number 11275.
I was surprised to see that this was not on RoadTrippers (I had to request it be added). Great place to stop and stretch your legs if you are driving through. Or if you like to take scenic drives, I’d suggest a drive out here. There is also a museum down the road. It is free to tour and it is a self-guided tour. More pics at http://nuttyhiker.com/fort-mason-texas/
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