Established as supply village for
adjacent Fort Clark in 1852. Fort was one of the most
historic military posts in Southwest. Over the years,
many infantry regiments and most of Army's cavalry units
saw duty at Fort Clark. Deactivated in 1944, property is
now resort development. Town also became trade center for
surrounding ranches and irrigated farms. Seat of Kinney
Hunting in area for white-tailed
deer, wild turkey, javelina, and upland game birds.
Western family recreation center
built around movie set for John Wayne's "The
Alamo", filmed in 1959. Set was one of the
largest and most complete ever constructed in the U.S.
The Alamo replica, built by adobe craftsmen from Mexico,
overlooks a complete frontier village of the 1800's.
Operated by Shahan Angus Ranch, set includes a
cantina-restaurant, trading post, Indian store, authentic
stage depot, old time jail, bank, saddle shop, and other
typical Old West structures. During summer months
visitors see regular Country /Western shows-often
interrupted by shoot-outs between frontier lawmen and
desperados. Set still used for movies, television, and
commercials. Open daily at 9a.m.; 7 miles north on R.M.
674; admission. (210)563-2580.
Fort Clark Springs-
Site of Fort Clark, established in
1852. Notable military officers who served here include
Col. Ronald S. MacKenzie, Generals George C. Patton and
George C. Marshall. Fort deactivated in 1944. Today a
resort retirement community open to public offering
motel, restaurant, RV park, 18 hole golf course and giant
spring-fed swimming pool. For reservations call
(210)563-2493 or 1-800- 937-1590 (U.S.).
Museum has local and pioneer history exhibits. Museum
open Sat., Sun. 1-4p.m. Operated by Fort Clark Historical
Society of Kinney County.
Several in the area are of
historical interest. St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
dates from 1878; Masonic Lodge Building, c. 1879, was
original county courthouse. It stands next to present
courthouse, and is dated by outside staircase.
Two highways lead north into scenic
landscapes of the Hill Country, rich in wild game and
beautiful vistas. Among sheep, goats, and cattle in rocky
pastures, travelers catch glimpses of white-tailed deer
or wild turkey, especially in the late afternoon. Several
views of West Nueces River winding among steep cliffs and
hills. R. M. 674 north to Rocksprings or F. M. 334
northeast to intersection with Texas 55.
Seminole Indian Scout
Dating from frontier era, scouts
decended from slaves stolen from plantations by Florida
Seminoles. Moved to Oklahoma after Seminole War, many
scouts migrated toward Mexico. Army hired 150 as scouts
to follow trails of raiding Indians. A group settled in
Brackettville around Fort Clark. Descendants remain as
farmers and ranchers, and maintain old cemetary on county
road about 3 miles south. Graves include four Medal of