Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

The fort ruins. Camels during a special event. Woman takes a photo of the sprawling vista. Visitors interact with exhibits.

629 Fort Lancaster Rd. 
Sheffield, TX 79781
GPS: N30° 39' 33.7" W101° 41' 36.2" 
432-836-4391
ft-lancaster@thc.texas.gov

 

Driving map to Ft. Lancaster.

Spanning 82 acres in the Pecos River valley, Fort Lancaster State Historic Site commemorates the vestiges of one of several posts established in the 1850s that played an important role in westward expansion by providing escorts for mail carriers, wagon trains, and settlers on the San Antonio–El Paso Road en route to California.

Today, visitors wander through ruins imagining the once-impressive establishment of 25 permanent buildings—including a blacksmith shop, hospital, sutler’s store, and bakery—and enjoy the sights, sounds, and wildlife of West Texas.

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