In November of 1830 on a bluff overlooking the mouth of the Trinity River the Mexican authorities began construction of a fort to control traffic entering the Texas Territory and to enforce the Law of April 6, 1830 which was passed to stop the free flowing Anglo immigration from the US into Texas. (Irony anyone?) One of six such forts built along the coast, all named with Mexican names, the one on the Trinity was called Fort Anahuac after the home of the ancient Aztecs. The Mexican garrison at Fort Anahuac reached a high of 295 officers and men in 1832. Colonel William Travis was briefly imprisoned at the fort in 1832 for the illegal importation of slaves into Texas, he had brought his man-servant with him from the US. In June of 1832 Texan insurgents attacked the fort to free Travis and after they successfully captured the fort it caught fire and burned. This attack is often referred to as the opening of the Texan Revolution. Colonel Travis was to lead the defense of the Alamo four years later in 1836.
|A stone marker is placed on the Fort's site, nothing remains of the Fort.|
Fort Anahuac Park is a Chambers County park located in the southwest corner of the Texas town of Anahuac on the Liberty River just as it enters Galveston Bay. I traveled there in late November to take advantage of the three day free stay policy Chambers County offers at a number of their county parks.
|This vista of the park was taken on the only non-rainy day I stayed.|
Here's the Fort Anahuac Park data sheet:
Hookups: 30 amp but use is prohibited
Fire ring: No
Water Access: Yes
Fresh Water: Yes
Trash Service: Yes
Toilets: Yes - flush
Dump station: No
Level sites: Yes
Verizon reception: 4G, 2 of 4 bars
Internet reception: 3 of 4 bars
Cost: Free for up to 3 nights
|The fishing pier which is brightly lit at night.|
|A Kindle getting a surreptitious charge on top of a prohibited hookup box.|
|Note the lack of a hookup cable on the Tank....Yay solar panels!|
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