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Fort Chadbourne, Bronte

#88 of 297 in Historic Sites in Texas
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Fort Chadbourne was a fort established by the United States Army on October 28, 1852, in what is now Coke County, Texas, to protect the western frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail route. It was named after Lt. T.L. Chadbourne, who was killed in the Battle of Resaca de la Palma. It was manned by Companies A and K of the 8th U.S. Infantry. During the early days of the American Civil War, the fort surrendered to the Confederates on February 28, 1861, even before the Confederate shelling of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, but was reoccupied by federal troops from 1865 to 1867.

Other forts in the frontier fort system were Forts Griffin, Concho, Belknap, Richardson, Stockton, Davis, Bliss, Mason, McKavett, Clark, McIntosh, Inge, and Phantom Hill in Texas, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. "Subposts or intermediate stations" also were used, including Bothwick's Station on Salt Creek between Fort Richardson and Fort Belknap, Camp Wichita near Buffalo Springs between Fort Richardson and Red River Station, and Mountain Pass between Fort Concho and Fort Griffin.
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  • You emerge with a sense of the 1860s fort. The stories & the authentic collections & the actual restoration is amazing. Nice film establishes the overview. Guides have extensive knowledge of the...  more »
  • My husband and I throughly enjoy our visit. The guides were excellent as was the film and restorations. We must preserve our history.  more »
  • It was very worth to see I love history. And the staff are so very friendly.. I highly recommend it.
  • So many examples of fire arms and excellent examples of old fort buildings. Learned many new things. Couldn't believe the number of military and Native American artifacts. The staff is friendly and very informative tour.

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