Fort Croghan was the third of the first four forts established by the United States government to protect settlers from hostile Indians along the Texas frontier. From its establishment on March 18, 1849 by Lt. C.H. Taylor (Company A, Second Dragoons) until it was abandoned in 1855, Fort Croghan was home to Company C, 8th Infantry, U.S.A. (mounted) and eventually became the headquarters of the Second Dragoon Regiment.
Part of a chain of forts extending from Fort Worth to Fort Inge near present-day Uvalde, the fort was named for Colonel George Croghan. The fort originally covered some 50acre near the present day city of Burnet, Texas, extending from Hamilton Creek up and over Post Mountain. Today a small section exists due to the efforts of the Burnet County Historical Society who raised money in the 1960s to purchase this portion of the old fort.
In the 1840s, upon the annexation of Texas to the United States, the federal government became responsible for the protection of frontier settlers from Indian raids. Several companies of Texas Rangers, financed by the federal government, were stationed along the frontier. In December 1847, a company of Rangers under the command of Henry Eustace McCulloch took up a position about three miles (5 km) south of present-day Burnet. Samuel E. Holland purchased a 1280acre grant there in 1848, including the land on which the Ranger station was located. His residence built on that land is said to have been the first permanent home in Burnet County. 1. The indigenous peoples of the Americas had occupied this region for thousands of years, but did not build or live in permanent homes, theirs being a migratory culture.
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Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum Reviews
Living history! TERRIFIC family activity! We saw a ton of activities...Buffalo Soldier characters were THE best! Soap-making, quilting, fresh butter and biscuits...extremely well-done, UNPLUGGED... more »
The museum is on Hwy 29 just west of downtown, and is worth the extra time to stop by on your way wherever. Hundreds of artifacts on display that tell that area's history back into the early 1800s... more »
It was hot to visit the buildings and such in the back, but still very neat cabins and such to check out pioneer life. Indoor museum has really nice things to see. Very well kept.
A great tour of an early military fort built to protect the Burnet area.
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