Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Fort Colorado
(Also called Coleman’s Fort)
Established and first commanded by
Colonel Robert M. Coleman.
Succeeded by Capt. Michael Andrews
Capt. William M. Eastland.
An extreme frontier outpost occupied by Texas Rangers to protect Anglo-American civilization from savage Indians in this vicinity.
Erected 1936 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 14229.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Forts or Castles • Military • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list.
Location. 30° 17.194′ N, 97° 40.453′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard west of Russet Hill Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Colored Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bethany Cemetery Josiah Pugh Wilbarger (approx. 1.9 miles away); Downs Field (approx. 2.2 miles away); Maud Anna Berry Smith Fuller (approx. 2.3 miles away); Henry G. Madison Cabin (approx. 2.6 miles away); Parque Zaragoza (approx. 2.8 miles away); University Interscholastic League (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Prairie, Handbook of Texas Online. Fort Prairie was a community in the 1880s, 5 miles east of Austin taking its name from the nearby former Fort Colorado. It is now well within the Austin City limits. Fort Prairie appears on some old maps of Austin. (Submitted on April 25, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. Fort Colorado, Handbook of Texas Online. "Noah Smithwick served as a ranger at Fort Colorado and left a fine description of life in a frontier fort in his notable memoir, Evolution of a State (1900)" (Submitted on April 25, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
3. Fort Colorado: A Texas Ranger Frontier Outpost in Travis County, Texas. Link to an online copy of Fort Colorado: A Texas Ranger Frontier Outpost in Travis County, Texas, by William (Submitted on April 25, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,214 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on December 12, 2014, by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 3. submitted on November 28, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.