I enjoy visiting historic places like Fort Davis because for me it brings Western history to life. It's one thing to read about history but its way better to be able to reach out and touch it.
If you remember a while back I visited Fort Union in New Mexico which really didn't have much left of the Fort that you could visualize. It was made mostly from adobe and dissolves rather quickly if not protected. And after the military closed the post and the rancher that owned the property took over, any parts of Fort Union that were any good were carted away to be used for something else and what was left slowly disintegrated.
But Fort Davis was different, the people that owned the property took care of it and actually rented out some of the buildings for people to use or live in. So when the federal government turned it into a historic site it wasn't in the deplorable condition that Fort Union was in.
It's a really neat place to walk around in, and there's a lot of walking involved. The government has a Museum and lots of exhibits in the different buildings that makes it easy to get the feel of what life at the Fort was like in the 1800s, and there are volunteers that are stationed in different buildings that will tell you stories and tall tales about what happened at the Fort, and some of them were old enough that they may have been talking from experience.
So if you like Western history stop by Fort Davis National Historic site if you're ever in the area and see what a real Western Fort looked like. Oh, By the way if you have your Geezer card you get in for free.
Enlisted men's barracks
The officers quarters were laid out with military precision.
Care to guess what the small flat brick squares behind the officers quarters are, there also laid out with military precision.
Yet another officers quarters, it looks like they had a lot of chiefs and not many Indians
Post hospital. It looks like a pretty nice place to be on sick call. But if you read about what went on there you'd be just as well-off with an Indian medicine man.