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See how Burnet got its start at Fort Croghan

Fort Croghan is located at 703 W. Buchanan Drive in Burnet. Courtesy photo

If you've ever wondered how settlers and soldiers lived in the 1800s, then round 'em up and head to Fort Croghan in Burnet.

Home of Company C 8th Infantry, USA and Second Dragoon Regiment until 1853, Fort Croghan was established in 1849 in what is now Burnet, Texas. It is the third of four forts the U.S. government established to protect settlers from hostile Native Americans. Today, it is a museum complete with a blacksmith's shop, a stagecoach house, cabins and a schoolhouse.

The fort was named for Col. George Croghan, who fought in the War of 1812.

You can visit Fort Croghan from April to mid-October, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, at 703 W. Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet. Group tours may be scheduled year-round.

The fort also holds Christmas at Old Fort Croghan typically the second Saturday in December.

Call (512) 756-8281 or go to for more information.

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