Monday, April 04, 2011

Fort Leaton history set straight

Sometimes our history is mistaken and even mismarked.  One of the markers at Fort Leaton State Historic Site near Presidio reads, "About 1773, the Spanish garrison at Presidio del Norte, present Ojinaga, Mexico, established El Fortin de San Jose in this vicinity to protect local farmers.  The settlement retained the name after the post was abandoned about 1810, after Ben Leaton had acquired extensive property in the area in 1848.  The community came to be called Fort Leaton.  Ben Leaton's fortress is all that remains of the old settlement.  Fort Leaton is neither the site of the original Presidio del Norte nor the Spanish mission Apotal Santiago, as stated erroneously by earlier markers at this location." 

Visit yourself to see all the markers and find the contradictions!

Today's Feature:  Far West Texas Wildlife Trail Map!

Fort Leaton and the Loma Paloma Golf Course and RV Park across the street (just outside of Presidio) are both viewing sites on this new regional map for birders and wildlife enthusiasts!  You can read more about these sites here, and purchase the map for yourself ($2) here!

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