Head to Fort Belknap near Newcastle, TX for some remote roads and Texas history. The wonderful back roads make for some great riding along the way.
About Fort Belknap
Fort Belknap, located near Newcastle, Texas, was established in November 1851 by brevet Brigadier William G. Belknap. The fort's purpose was to protect the Texas frontier against raids by the Kiowa and Comanche. It was the northernmost fort in a line from the Rio Grande to the Red River. It ended up functioning as a base of operations rather than as a fortified point. The fort also became the center of a substantial network of roads including the Butterfield Overland Mail.
Get There Early Enough To See The Museum
As with most historic sites, most of the buildings have been renovated. We arrived a bit late and the museum was closed for the day. We were still able to browse the site taking in the historical markers and sites.
The Roads To Get There
The roads we took to get to Fort Belknap were new for us and quite impressive. We typically try to stay off the interstates. We do this to experience the landscape, historical sites, small towns, local diners, and empty roads. These roads were just beautiful. The roads were well maintained and had nice long curves and hills that broke at the peak to wonderful far-seeing views. Being early spring, the flowers were in bloom and often lined the road with clusters of varying colors.
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