“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lometa in Lampasas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Phantom Hill Road

Phantom Hill Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 27, 2004
1. Phantom Hill Road Marker
Inscription. In 1851-52, in a major reorganization of the frontier defense system, the U.S. Army built a line of 7 forts between the Red River and the Rio Grande to protect the scattered remote settlements and travel routes to California. On Nov. 14, 1851, Fort Phantom Hill was established near present Abilene (120 mi. NW) by Col. J.J. Abercrombie and the 5th Infantry.

The Phantom Hill Road, the vital transportation and communication link between the fort and military headquarters at Austin (80 mi. SE), was the first road in Lampasas County, and crossed at this site. Supply trains of up to 24 wagons drawn by mules, horses, and oxen passed along this route to the frontier fort. The road was used primarily by the military until the abandonment of Fort Phantom Hill on April 6, 1854, but also served as a thoroughfare for early settlers entering the region and continued in that capacity until after the Civil War.

About 1870, traffic passing through the area was diverted to the Senterfitt Stage Station (1.5 mi. SW), and this section of the road abandoned. Several isolated segments of the Phantom Hill Road remain in use in the county, and physical evidence of the Emy's Creek Crossing (200 yards south) still exists.
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4004.)
Phantom Hill Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 27, 2004
2. Phantom Hill Road Marker
View of marker, and countryside beyond

Location. 31° 13.171′ N, 98° 25.781′ W. Marker is in Lometa, Texas, in Lampasas County. Marker is on U.S. 190 1˝ miles west of Main Street (County Route 581), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lometa TX 76853, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McAnelly Settlement (approx. 8.4 miles away); San Saba Peak (approx. 12.4 miles away).
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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