Details for Old Fort Belknap Powder Magazine (Atlas Number 5503003729)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5503003729


Marker Number 3729
Atlas Number 5503003729
Marker Title Old Fort Belknap Powder Magazine
Index Entry Fort Belknap Powder Magazine, Old
Address SH 251, S of Newcastle
City Newcastle
County Young
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 524237
UTM Northing 3668113
Subject Codes forts; military topics
Marker Year 1962
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location From Newcastle, take SH 251 south about 3 mi to Ft. Belknap
Marker Size Medallion & Plate
Marker Text Best preserved of the original structures at Fort Belknap. The Fort, named for its builder, Brig. Gen. W. G. Belknap (1794-1851), was one of the frontier posts placed by the Federal government along a line from the Red River to the Rio Grande to guard settlers from Indians, soon after Texas joined the Union. This was one of 9 stone and 7 picket houses on the site by 1853. Restored by the State of Texas in 1936. (Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1962.)