Spanning 82 acres in the Pecos River valley, Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, commemorates the vestiges of one of several posts established in the 1850s that played an important role in westward expansion by providing escorts for mail carriers, wagon trains, and settlers on the San Antonio–El Paso Road en route to California.

Today, visitors wander through ruins imagining the once-impressive establishment of over 30 permanent buildings—including a blacksmith shop, hospital, sutler’s store, and bakery—and enjoy the sights, sounds, and wildlife of West Texas.


Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

629 Fort Lancaster Road Sheffield, TX 79781