“Attractions & Culture in Sheffield, TX”
Fort Lancaster is located in the heart of West Texas, 120 miles south of Midland, 120 miles southwest of San Angelo, and 275 miles west of San Antonio. The post once protected the San Antonio-El Paso Trade Route. Spanning 82 acres in the Pecos River valley, Fort Lancaster State Historic Site commemorates the vestiges of one of several posts established in the 1850s that played an important role in westward expansion by providing escorts for mail carriers, wagon trains, and settlers on the San Antonio–El Paso Road en route to California. Today, visitors wander through ruins imagining the once-impressive establishment of 25 permanent buildings—including a blacksmith shop, hospital, sutler’s store, and bakery—and enjoy the sights, sounds, and wildlife of West Texas. - See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/historic-sites/fort-lancaster-state-historic-site#sthash.mlPRAUBc.dpuf
Only Texas fort attacked by Indians. You can see the wagon trail that goes to San Diego. They give you golf carts to tour the ruins. Great signage telling you what you are looking at. No cost. An old cemetery. Sits in a beautiful valley. Was worth the short detour.
Texas's best kept secret! So much fun!! For $4 you can see the fort in a GOLF CART! Plus you learn a lot of fun stuff about the fort. The guy working there was very friendly! Plus if you have kids they can dress up as soldiers and laundresses! We dressed up even though we're older and don't have kids cause the pics are hilarious! Overall very fun stop!
Golf carts come with the entrance fee (which is affordable) Worth the detour :)
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Fort Lancaster State Historic Site
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