Fort Davis, Texas

Fort Davis

Fort Davis National Historical Site

After the Civil War, travel continued on the San Antonio-El Paso Road and so did raiding by Comanches and Apaches.

The Act of 1866 increased the size of the Regular Army, thus changing the course of military history by affording African Americans a permanent place in the Armed Forces of the United States. Companies of Buffalo Soldiers were formed and many were stationed at Fort Davis in west Texas.

Fort Davis is one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars' frontier military post in the Southwest. Its mission was to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and on the Chihuahua Trail.

McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory is a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin. Facilities are located atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains of West Texas A mile high in the mountains the observatiory offers some of the darkest night skies and clearest skies in the continental United States.

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope with its 9.2-meter (433-inch) mirror, is one of the world's largest optical telescopes.

Observatory events include star parties, public tours, K-12 teacher and student actvities, and more.

McDonald Observatory
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