Uncovered Texas

Texas Forts, Missions and Outpost

Mission Santissimo Nombre de Maria

Was founded in this vicinity summer 1690 "on the banks of the Arcangel San Miguel" (Neches) River. Erected A.D. 1934 by De Zavala Chapter, Texas Historical and Landmarks Association. Located by: Dr. Albert Woldert, Tyler, Texas; Miss Adina De Zavala, San Antonio, Texas. Assited by Mr. J.M. Lovell, A....

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Mission San Francisco de la Espada Dam, Ditch and Aqueduct

Water was vital to the permanency of San Francisco de la Espada Mission, therefore Franciscan missionaries built a dam, irrigation ditch, and aqueduct. The 270 foot dam rose eight feet above a rock ledge crossing the San Antonio River, the lime salts of which gradually cemented gravel, rocks, and la....

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Fort Sam Houston, 4th U.S. Army Headquarters Quadraline


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Fort Clark Guardhouse, Old


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Fort Houston

Fort Houston was a stockade and blockhouse of the Republic of Texas at a site that is now on Farm Road 1990 two miles west of Palestine. It was built on the public square of Houston, Anderson County, by Capt. Michael Costley's Company of Texas Rangersand completed before May 19, 1836. It covered an ....

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Fort McKavett

FORT MCKAVETT STATE HISTORICAL PARK . Fort McKavett State Historical Park is twenty-two miles southwest of Menard in southwestern Menard County. It is the site of Fort McKavett, a military post built in 1852 as Camp San Saba (not to be confused with Camp San Saba in McCulloch County). The post close....

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Fort Phantom Hill

FORT PHANTOM HILL RESERVOIR . Fort Phantom Hill Reservoir (Lake Fort Phantom Hill) is between Farm roads 600 and 2833 five miles south of Nugent in the extreme southeast corner of Jones County (at 32?37' N, 99?40' W). The lake, impounded by a dam on Elm Creek, a tributary of the Clear Fork of the Br....

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Fort Picketville

FORT PICKETVILLE, TEXAS . Fort Picketville, also called Picketville, was founded about 1854 on Gunsolus (now Gonzales) Creek, about two miles north of the site of what is now Breckenridge in northeastern Stephens County. The settlement was used by area pioneers during the 1850s and 1860s for collect....

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GOFORTH, TEXAS . Goforth, twelve miles northeast of San Marcos, was once the center of cotton production in eastern Hays County. It was named for landowner and merchant J. T. Goforth. In 1881 the community built its first school, called Prairie Hill. A post office operated at Goforth from 1890 to 19....

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