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Fort Davis, Texas, 1854 - 1891 (1966)
Fort Davis National Historical Site
c. 1966
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    Title card: Fort Davis Texas 1854-1891
    The desert landscape surrounding the fort
    An animated map depicting the San Antonio-El Paso Road
    An assortment of photographs, paintings, and maps relating to Fort Davis' history:One of the photographs is that of Lt. Col. Wesley Merritt. After the Civil War, Merritt was sent to command Fort Davis, where he built new structures and accommodations.
    Officer Benjamin Henry Grierson. Originally a music teacher, Grierson became a cavalry general in the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, Grierson organized the 10th U.S. Cavalry, a segregated African-American unit that became known as one of the original "Buffalo Soldier" regiments. He moved his headquarters to Fort Davis in 1882. 
    Ruins at the fort
    Old Fort Davis Army Post Centennial, hosted by the Fort Davis Historical Society in 1954
    The centennial began with a parade led by John G. Prude, president of the society, and a color guard. The celebration also included a pageant, band concert, Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang barbecue, a rodeo, and dances. The celebration aimed to bring attention to the importance of historical preservation at the site. Seven years later, on September 8, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the bill that made Fort Davis a National Historic Site.
    More ruins at the fort
    A woman cautiously walks through an old building
    An animated map of frontier posts in Texas
    The museum at the visitor's center
    Dedication ceremony in 1966
    Lady Bird Johnson walks to the podium
    Park Superintendent Frank Smith
    NPS Director Gene Hendryx
    Secretary of the Interior Steward Udall
    Sorting through archaeological finds
    Historical reenactors at the fort