Fort Davis

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View down to Big Bend from Davis Mountains

Aunt Libby is an amazing host!  She prepared a hot breakfast and coffee for us, packed us up some snacks and gave us the keys to her Hummer and told us to head out and have fun!  She's an amazing woman-- she has a professional career, a PhD, and is now semi-retired (still doing lots of consulting) up here in the Davis Mountains.  She has killed 22 javelina on her property this year -- ferral hogs that over-run the area and cause lots of destruction.  Great story teller too!

The drive down the mountain in the Hummer was amazingly smooth!  Very different than in my car, as the suspension in the Hummer is not as tight, so it did not feel like we were driving on a wash board any longer.  We had some great views along the way -- over toward Big Bend National Park, down toward Mexico, off toward the McDonald's Observatory.

Entrance to Fort Davis National Historic Site
  The staghorn cactus was in bloom with yellow flowers popping up here and there.

We started out at Fort Davis National Historic Site for a quick walk around.  Fort Davis was established by the US Calvary before the Civil War as an outpost to protect settlers from Indians during those times.  It went into dis-repair during Civil War times and use by the confederacy.  It was reinvigorated after the Civil War, and housed the famous "Buffalo Soldiers" -- the first all black units in the US Calvary.  There are lots of the original buildings here -- the hospital, officer's quarters, soldiers' barracks, etc.  It is all in a beautiful setting with huge granite rock outcroppings all around.

Courthouse in Fort Davis (Jeff Davis County)

After our tour of the national historic site, we walked around the town checking out some local art shops, rock shops and book shops.  We had a nice lunch at Cueva where I had a great chile relleno.

Fort Davis is the county seat of Jeff Davis County, and we had to get a picture of the Courthouse here on the main square.  We also had to go to the main hotel here, the Hotel Limpia ("clean" in Spanish, but really named after Limpia Creek which runs through here).  Beautiful old hotel.  Would be fun to stay here sometime -- but I am glad we are out at Aunt Libby's.  It's more like a Bed and Breakfast! 

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View down to Big Bend from Davis M…
View down to Big Bend from Davis …
Entrance to Fort Davis National Hi…
Entrance to Fort Davis National H…
Courthouse in Fort Davis (Jeff Dav…
Courthouse in Fort Davis (Jeff Da…
Staghorn cactus
Staghorn cactus
View toward McDonalds Observatory
View toward McDonald's Observatory
Century plant at Fort Davis entran…
Century plant at Fort Davis entra…
Headquarters of Fort Davis Nationa…
Headquarters of Fort Davis Nation…
Officers quarters at Fort Davis
Officer's quarters at Fort Davis
Officers Quarters at Fort Davis
Officers Quarters at Fort Davis
At Fort Davis National Monument
At Fort Davis National Monument
Fort Davis
photo by: AndySD