Historic Fort Davis

by bill macleod on September 18, 2009

This view of the old fort has Sleeping Lion Mountain (5,202 feet) on the left horizon with the buildings in front of Hospital Canyon and the columnar lava cliffs just coming into view on the right. The lavas are porphyritic rhyolite of the Sleeping Lion Formation, about 200 feet thick here. It erupted in a single lava flow 35.9 million years ago and is 630 feet thick at maximum. For more see Davis Mountains Vistas.

The buildings in front, formerly the enlisted men’s barracks, now house the offices and visitor center. Behind them, at and to the left of the flagpole are two bungalows that housed officers.

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1 Rebel Cry October 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

One part of the history of this place is remembered only on a pink granite memorial on the courthouse lawn in Fort Davis. Too often we see only blue uniforms being represented at this historic site.
However, during the War against the States, a Confederate unit, the Second Texas Mounted Rifles occupied this post. Parts of this unsung command fought Apache natives and in 1862 showed yankees in New Mexico that the Confederacy was as south west as it was southern. The battle of Glorieta Pass in NM was the highest elevation conflict of the war. Fort Davis, Fort Lancaster, Fort Quitman, and Fort Bliss was as esseintial to the Confederate territory of Arizona as the Mississippi was to the more well known theater.
Have been enjoying these fascinating posts on Texas’ version of high peaks and geological natural wonders.

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