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Frontier Texas is a history museum, gift shop and the official visitor center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Region. Now Showing "Blood & Treasure on the Frontier"

COVID-19 UPDATE

AS OF JULY 1st, 2020:

OUR EXHIBITS AND GIFT SHOP AND VISITOR CENTER ARE CURRENTLY OPEN NORMAL HOURS
 

Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm with the last showing at 4:30 pm.

Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm with the last showing at 3:30 pm.

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This month in Texas history

Date: October 26, 1849

On this day, Camp Gates, the predecessor of Fort Gates, was established by Capt. William R. Montgomery as a stockade United States cantonment on the north bank of the Leon River above Coryell Creek, about five miles east of the site of present Gatesville. The installation was named for Bvt. Maj. Collinson Reed Gates of New York, who won distinction in the Mexican War. The last of a cordon of posts established in 1849 to protect settlers on the frontier from Indians, the fort was also the first of the line of posts to be abandoned. It was closed in March 1852, once the Indian threat had been removed. Lt. George Pickett, later a Confederate general and leader of "Pickett's Charge" at Gettysburg, was stationed at Fort Gates in 1850-51.

Explore this exhibit: A Wild Land

13,000 Years of cultures smashed by the forces of this region

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