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“Chihuahuan Trail Trading Post”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Fort Leaton

Fort Leaton
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Presidio
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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340 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Chihuahuan Trail Trading Post”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

Fort Leaton is one of the most southern forts in Texas, and is just east of Presidio. Most of the Fort is in good repair, and efforts are underway to restore it to its original condition. This fort is unusual as it was first built as a trading post by a scoundrel, who capitalized its location as a way stop on the Chihuahuan Trail.

The museum details the cross border history and how the people living on each side of the border were dependent on and related to each other.

Be sure to ask Ranger Dave about people he has met who used to live in the fort. Also, he has a wealth of knowledge of the fort’s construction and the archeological work done there. He loves to tell his informative stories and does so in a most entertaining way.

Visited January 2014
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Belton, Texas, United States
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70 reviews
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“A nice stop on the way to Big Bend”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

Fort Leaton is a good place to stop and stretch your legs, only 4 miles east of Presidio. The park rangers are very informative and friendly. This is an old trading post that the Texas Parks & Wildlife saved and restored. You can check in here if you are going to Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park is right down the beautiful, scenic River Road, along the Rio Grande River dividing Texas & Mexico. Be sure to stop for a visit!

Visited September 2013
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Lima
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170 reviews
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“History Evolving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

Great peek into a Private Fort built by merchant prior to the Mexican revolution, when Pancho Villa fought a key battle near Presidio. Exhibits include history of Mexican Revolution, history of people over the centuries in the area, and a little bit of everything including a giant wooden ox cart (wheels 8-10 feet tall) that the merchants used to use to bring things down from Marfa, rolling down a dry creek bed over a hundred miles. Definitely worth the $5 entrance fee - great guide with lots of oral history to share.

Visited December 2013
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Dallas
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391 reviews
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“Not a Bad Stop”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

This is not a bad stop. We needed to use the RR. There is a $3.00 fee to go through the fort. A person could picnic there or just rest. It was clean.

Visited October 2013
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Tyler
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156 reviews
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“A surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

Stopped by after one of our walks in the state park, a surprising little respite. Picinic area, which we took advantage of, near parking. Self guided tour avaliable, a ranger that is VERY knowledgable about the Fort history as well as area and TX history, and reproductions of furniture that appear very real.
Well worth a short stop if you're in the area.

Visited October 2013
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