Day Sixteen – Off Day | March 15, 2021
Fort Davis, TX
We are somewhat flabbergasted by how interesting Fort Davis is. It is definitely a tourist town with lots of history.
It was a confederate supply point and frontier outpost on the road from San Antonio to El Paso (1861-62). The old fort is now a National Historic Site.
In 1866, the Buffalo Soldiers were formed. They were Black soldiers who were enlisted due to a lack of soldiers to fight the Native Americans and guard the stage coaches.
We are in Jeff Davis County which, along with Presidio and Brewster Counties, constitutes Big Bend Area (a big bend in the Rio Grande).
As I mentioned yesterday, the hills are beautiful and there are lots of hiking trails and a 70-mile scenic drive in the Davis Mountains. Hummingbirds apparently are migrating north from Mexico now! Hope to see them!
I thought the confederate history would completely turn me off to this town, but it feels quite modern and even progressive. We have been so pleased that stores are ignoring Governor Abbott’s call to stop wearing masks. Masks are required in all the establishments we have been in.
Today’s blog is contributed by Ken and Francie Gass of the Gass-Powered Tandem.