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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1TA5_the-first-fort-davis-historical_Fort-Davis-TX.html
In 1854, the U.S. Army established Fort Davis, which extended from this location westward into the box canyon. Initially, the fort consisted of crude wooden buildings with thatched and canvas roofs. Six stone barracks were later erected for the en…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1I62_bloys-camp-meeting_Fort-Davis-TX.html
Held each year since 1890. Founded by Rev. W.B. Bloys, a Presbyterian. His camp pulpit was an Arbuckle Coffee crate. First campers, 48 people from remote ranches and towns, slept in tents, wagons. Family groups had chuck-box meals, sharing with gu…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1E3I_old-fort-davis-csa_Fort-Davis-TX.html
Confederate supply point and frontier outpost on great military road from San Antonio to El Paso 1861-62. After surrendered by U. S. Army, occupied by detachment 2nd Texas Mounted Rifles. Apaches ambushed patrol from fort under Lt. Mays in Big Ben…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM15LJ_st-joseph-catholic-church_Fort-Davis-TX.html
Catholic clergy began serving residents of the Fort Davis area about 1872. Father Joseph Hoban was appointed pastor in 1876 and the First St Joseph Catholic Church building was erected in 1879. Father Hoban was followed by circuit-riding priest wh…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM15LA_san-antonio-el-paso-road_Fort-Davis-TX.html
Westward expeditions opened trails from San Antonio to El Paso in the late 1840s. Two routes, called the upper and lower roads, converged at the Pecos River to traverse the Davis Mountains. Henry Skillman (1814-1864) began a courier service al…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM15L9_trueheart-house_Fort-Davis-TX.html
An excellent example of a Queen Anne style house executed in native stone, adobe, and milled wood, this house was built about 1898 as a summer home for the family of Henry M. and Annie Trueheart, residents of Galveston, where Mr. Trueheart was a p…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM15L8_first-baptist-church-of-fort-davis_Fort-Davis-TX.html
The Rev. L. R. Millican and the Rev. D. B. Rose established this church in 1896 with six charter members. Services were held on alternate Sundays in churches shared with the Methodist and Presbyterian congregations until 1921 when the Baptists acq…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM15L7_union-mercantile_Fort-Davis-TX.html
Founded 1873 by O. M. Keesey and Geo. Gaither in adobe building on this site. Later owned by W. Keesey, an army baker, who sold clothing, groceries, cradles, guns, whiskey, coffins, tobacco, spittoons, wagonwheels, and harness, and did private ban…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM15L6_hotel-limpia_Fort-Davis-TX.html
Hotel Limpia, named for a nearby creek, was built here by the Union Trading Company in 1912. With a doctor's office, drugstore, stylish guest rooms, and spacious porches the hotel became a community social center where area news could be heard, a …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM15L5_jeff-davis-county-jail_Fort-Davis-TX.html
The community of Fort Davis grew up around the military post of the same name, established by the U.S. Army in 1854 to protect travelers on the San Antonio-El Paso Road. Fort Davis was designated as the Presidio county seat when the county was org…
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