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Marathon in Brewster County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Peña Colorado (Red Rock)

 
 
Fort Peña Colorado (Red Rock) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 20, 2009
1. Fort Peña Colorado (Red Rock) Marker
Inscription. Established in 1880 as a means of preventing Indian raids into Mexico. Raided by Apaches in 1881. Abandoned in 1893 after Western Texas had been permanently cleared of Indians.
 
Erected 1936 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 2003.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Comanche Trail into Mexico, and the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 30° 9.202′ N, 103° 17.258′ W. Marker is in Marathon, Texas, in Brewster County. Marker is on Post Road. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot of Fort Peña Colorado Park, south of Marathon. Marker is in this post office area: Marathon TX 79842, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chambers Hotel (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Gage Hotel (approx. 4.4 miles away); First School House (approx. 4.6 miles away); Marathon (approx. 5.1 miles away); Los Caballos (approx. 6 miles away); Colonel Lewis Given Harman (approx. 6.5 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Comanche Springs, Fort Stockton. Site of another watering hole
Panorama of the cliffs after which the fort was named image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
2. Panorama of the cliffs after which the fort was named
Works Progress Administration dam is visible in picture, lower right.
on the Comanche Trail, approx. 80 miles northeast of here. (Submitted on January 5, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Camp Peña Colorado, Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on January 5, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansNotable Places
 
Historical marker (right), and county park marker (left) image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 20, 2009
3. Historical marker (right), and county park marker (left)
Fort Peña Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 20, 2009
4. Fort Peña Park Marker
Marker reads: At site of the Pena Creek Sub-Post of Fort Davis Established in 1879 to combat depredations in the Big Bend and Mexico by Indians using historic Comanche Trail. This 5-acre tract was given (1935) for enjoyment of Brewster Countians by Guy S. Combs, Nora Combs McGehee, and Lila Combs Matthew, in honor of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.S. Combs who acquired this land in 1904.
Works Progress Administration marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 20, 2009
5. Works Progress Administration marker
A small dam erected by the WPA is constructed at the springs of Fort Peña Colorado.
Display on the history of the fort image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 20, 2009
6. Display on the history of the fort
Fort Peña Colorado (Red Rock) Geology image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, December 2009
7. Fort Peña Colorado (Red Rock) Geology
Fort Peña Colorado Interpretive Signage image. Click for full size.
8. Fort Peña Colorado Interpretive Signage
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,715 times since then and 95 times this year. Last updated on May 14, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 5, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   7. submitted on February 20, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   8. submitted on June 5, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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