Fort Hancock (1)

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Fort Hancock (1) (1881-1895) - Established 15 Apr 1881 as Camp Rice by 1st Lt. S.L. Woodward, Co. K, 10th U.S. Cavalry as a subpost of Fort Davis (1). Name changed, 14 May 1886, to Fort Hancock for Maj. Gen Winfield Scott Hancock. Abandoned 5 Oct 1895.

Camp Rice Marker
Fort Hancock Bench Marker

Fort Hancock (1) History

Fort Hancock Map 1891

Camp Rice was first established 6 miles northwest of Fort Quitman (1), moved to a location on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and finally moved to higher ground still along the railroad. Four years later it was renamed Fort Hancock. Function was to protect the local area against hostile Indians and bandits coming across the Rio Grande.

Current Status

Only markers remain and their location does not match the expected and old map locations of Camp Rice or Fort Hancock.

Location: East of the town of Fort Hancock, Hudspeth County, Texas. Map pin locations approximate.

Maps & Images

Lat: 31.29986 Long: -105.84399



Visited: 5 Nov 2009

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