Abilene: Fort Phantom Hill

Interpretive signs provide a history of this property, which the U.S. Army established in 1851. Sporadically occupied, the site served as a frontier garrison—including a stint under Confederate control— and as a stagecoach and mail stop. The 9th U.S. Cavalry, a unit of the famous Buffalo Soldiers, fought Comanche and Kiowa Indian forces here in 1869. Visitors to the site can follow trails among the ruins, which include buildings, foundations and a large number of now-orphaned chimneys scattered around the 22-acre property.

Fort Phantom Hill
  • Hours:  Daily from dawn until dusk.
  • Admission: none
  • 10818 FM 600, Abilene, TX
  • 325-677-1309 
  • Visit Website
  • National Register of Historic Places