Fort Concho

Fort Concho (HMJXN)

Location: San Angelo, TX 76903 Tom Green County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 27.284', W 100° 25.882'

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The center of a line of forts extending from the northeastern border of Texas to El Paso. Was also northern point of southern chain of forts extending to Rio Grande, thence along that river to its mouth. Established 1867 (at then junction of Butterfield Trail, Goodnight Trail and road to San Antonio) by 4th Cavalry under Capt. George G. Huntt to protect frontier.

By March 1, 1870, fort buildings were (in order of their construction) a commissary and quartermaster storehouse, hospital, five officers quarters, a magazine and two barracks — all built of sandstone.

Among those who commanded post were: Gen. Wm. R. Shafter (later major general of volunteers, Spanish-American War; commanded troops at capture of Santiago de Cuba, July 1898); Maj. John P. Hatch (at one time fort was named in his honor); Gen. Wesley Merritt (first commander of Fort Davis after Civil War; was later superintendent of U. S. Military Academy at West Point); Gen. Ranald Slidell Mackenzie (who led attacks, from this and other forts, credited with defeat of Indian resistance in southwest); and Gen. Benjamin H. Grierson, commander of Negro troops of 10th Cavalry.

On June 20, 1889, fort was abandoned as a military post and property passed into private ownership. (1970)
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Year Placed1970
Placed ByTexas State Historical Committee
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 8:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 363999 N 3480886
Decimal Degrees31.45473333, -100.43136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 27.284', W 100° 25.882'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 27' 17.04" N, 100° 25' 52.92" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 E Ave C, San Angelo TX 76903, US
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