What’s in a name? Quite a bit, if you were a Buffalo Soldier.

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Years before the Tuskegee Airmen served our country in World War II, notable African Americans served in the west with the US military. After the Civil War, African Americans distinguished themselves as great warriors. Native Americans called these Union cavalrymen, Buffalo Soldiers, because of their fearless fighting, stamina and, some believe, because their hair was similar to that on the buffalo. IMG_5050

IMG_5041Buffalo Soldiers of the ninth and tenth cavalry and the 24th and 25th infantry were stationed at Fort Stockton, Texas to protect travelers from San Antonio to El Paso.
There is a great little museum (nominal fee) about Fort Stockton and the Buffalo Soldiers. It will be difficult to find the fort because there were no walls around the buildings. IMG_5092

A few of the original buildings remain.IMG_5054IMG_5064
In addition to the fort, you can stop by the visitors center and see several historical buildings in town. IMG_5026This unique historical outpost is easy to visit because it is right off Interstate 10.

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