October 15-16, 2004
Rendevous 2004 has been moved to Frontier Texas!, the new Forts Trail Visitor Center in downtown Abilene.
Call Kay Wettemann at Frontier Texas! for event details at (325) 437-2800.
Located in present-day Jones County, Fort Phantom Hill is one of the most pristine historic sites in Texas. It was one of the second line of forts laid out in the early 1850's to protect the westward-moving frontier of Texas settlement.
Today Fort Phantom Hill is part of the Texas Forts Trail, a 650-mile highway tour of historic Texas forts in West Central Texas. Originally known as the "Post on the Clear Fork of the Brazos," the fort was occupied by the U.S. Army from 1851 until 1854. Shortly after the army abandoned Fort Phantom Hill, fire destroyed most of the log walls and thatched roofs of the post's buildings. However, much remains for visitors to the old fort to explore, inspect and study, including three original stone buildings (an intact stone powder magazine, a stone guardhouse and an almost-intact commissary or warehouse), more than a dozen stone chimneys, and stone foundations from the original fort.
The 22-acre site is owned by the nonprofit Fort Phantom Foundation and is registered with the Texas Historical Survey Committee. The site is open daily during daylight hours and is free of charge to visitors.
The Foundation welcomes the public to experience this historic site, but reminds visitors that it is unlawful to disfigure, remove, excavate, or destroy any structure or artifact at Fort Phantom Hill.
If you are interested in travelling to Fort Phantom Hill there are directions to the Fort as well as information about how to contact us with questions.