Friday, July 29, 2011

Cool Places on Hot Days! Inside the adobe walls of Fort Leaton!

Fort Leaton's thick adobe walls offer a cool oasis for travelers on the River Road between Lajitas and Presidio.  Now a state historic site, part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife system, it is open for day use by visitors.  A bit about Fort Leaton from its website:
"Fort Leaton State Historic Site, consisting of 23.4 acres, five of which are the site of a pioneer trading post, is located in Presidio County. The park was acquired December 8, 1967, by deed from a private owner and was opened to the public in 1978
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. In 1936, the Texas Centennial Commission placed a marker at the site."

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