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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Fort Colorado

(Also called Colemanís Fort)

 
 
Site of Fort Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 25, 2010
1. Site of Fort Colorado Marker
Inscription.
June, 1836 - November, 1838.
Established and first commanded by
Colonel Robert M. Coleman.
Succeeded by Capt. Michael Andrews
And
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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
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.
 
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 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Pecan Springs School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Josiah Pugh Wilbarger (approx. 1.9 miles away); Maud Anna Berry Smith Fuller
Marker Looking West image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 25, 2010
2. Marker Looking West
The marker sits off MLK Blvd with nowhere to pull off safely for viewing.
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Henry G. Madison Cabin (approx. 2.6 miles away); University Interscholastic League (approx. 3 miles away); Simpson United Methodist Church (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 T. Field © 1968 Texas State Historical Association. (Submitted on April 25, 2010.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationForts, CastlesMilitaryNative Americans
 
Coleman Springs image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
3. Coleman Springs
Photo of Coleman Springs. Coleman Springs was utilized by the nearby fort. Gunnar Brune (Springs of Texas, Volume 1) states that soldiers from the fort used the water between 1836 and 1838, and was also a favorite Indian campground in earlier days.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,049 times since then and 71 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.
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