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Near Presidio in Presidio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

El Fortin de San Jose

(The Little Fort of Saint Joseph)

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
1. El Fortin de San Jose Marker
Inscription. About 1773, the Spanish garrison at Presidio del Norte, present Ojinaga, Mexico, established El Fortin de San Jose in this vicinity to protect local farmers. The settlement retained the name after the post was abandoned about 1810. After Ben Leaton had acquired extensive property in the area in 1848, the community came to be called Fort Leaton. Ben Leaton's fortress is all that remains of the old settlement. Fort Leaton is neither the site of the original Presidio del Norte nor the Spanish mission Apostal Santiago, as stated erroneously by earlier markers at this location.
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1416.)
 
Location. 29° 32.561′ N, 104° 19.55′ W. Marker is near Presidio, Texas, in Presidio County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 170 3.5 miles east of U.S. 67, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at Fort Leaton State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Presidio TX 79845, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mission del Apostol Santiago (a few steps from this marker); Presidio del Norte (a few steps
El Fortin de San Jose Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
2. El Fortin de San Jose Marker
from this marker); Home of Ben Leaton (a few steps from this marker); Captain Henry Skillman (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Fort Leaton State Historic Site. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Submitted on November 6, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
El Fortin de San Jose image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
3. El Fortin de San Jose
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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