Established 1851 to protect frontier from Indians, the post suffered a series of hardships; was abandoned in 1854. Historians say desertions were frequent due to monotony and loneliness. The fort burned shortly after abandonment;
One of five largest in state; animals displayed in modern areas simulating natural habitat.
Discovery Center is a "zoo within a zoo," housing comparative habitat displays of invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds, and small mammals from the Southwestern U.S. and Africa.
Friendly travel counselors and travel information kiosks are ready to assist in your discovery of Abilene, the TexasForts Trail, and the 63-county "TexasFrontier" region. In addition, see the big picture of the frontier of Texas between 1780 and 1880