Thursday, April 28, 2011

Beautiful Fort Leaton

One of our favorite off-the-beaten-path places in the region, Fort Leaton State Historic Site east of Presidio, recently received a new look, with the addition of period reproduction furniture.  The previously empty adobe rooms suddenly take on new meaning for the visitor.  It is easier to appreciate these beautiful spaces, and to picture people working in them.

Texas Parks and Wildlife's website says this about the site: "In 1848, Ben Leaton built a fortified adobe trading post known as Fort Leaton. He dominated border trade with the Apache and Comanche Indians before he died in 1851."

Fort Leaton is on FM 170, known as the River Road, and is also a site on the Far West Texas Wildlife Map.    It also serves as an official entry point for Big Bend Ranch State Park.

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