Texas Mountain Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

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A Day at the Fort

Through our partnership with Fort Davis National Historic Site, we welcome you to experience "A Day at the Fort" through bugle calls and photos, starting with "Morning at the Fort." 

Onate's Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims weren’t the only folks who cooked up a big feast and celebrated their good fortunes, whether it be family, victory, or just having plenty of food to go around (in the terms laid out by the hardships of earlier centuries, that meant farmers dodged a drought, the crops came in, and the game was fat and available). Spanish explorer and colonialist Don Juan de Onate and his group of four hundred, while making his way to the future site of Santa Fe in New Mexico, ended up having a lot to be grateful for as well.

Mountain Air

Alongside the eastern flank of the Guadalupe Mountains you’ll find a long-standing but little-known mountain hide-away, rich in history and remarkable for its delightfully serene surroundings. The small Frijole Ranch complex, a historic site in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, highlights the tiny Frijole Spring and its simple rock house built around 1876 by the Raders, two bachelor brothers who were among the first Anglos to arrive in the Guadalupe Mountains region who put down roots (but not for long). 

Back to Front at the Clark Hotel

How would you go about turning a building around so its storefront faces a different street? Just change the street name? How about simply building a new façade, complete with a new front door. The Clark Hotel in Van Horn did just that. During a major thoroughfare construction through Van Horn in 1925 automobile routes known as the Bankhead Highway which ran from Washington D.C. to California and the Old Spanish Trail running from Florida to California, became the new U.S. Highway 80. This road paralleled the community’s Front Street which runs along the railroad tracks, becoming the primary commercial avenue. The Clark, as well as many of the other structures along the south side of Front Street, reversed their facades so that they would face the new highway.

Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper

Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, engineer and military officer in the Tenth United States Cavalry, lived a remarkably successful life through the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly in light of the fact that he was born a slave in 1856. His education began at the American Missionary Association, an opportunity available to him as a result of the Civil War, and concluded with membership in the 1877 graduating class of West Point, becoming the first African American to do so.