Friday, March 23, 2018

Fort Travis

remains of a gun battery with U.S. and Texas flags on a flag pole
Fort Travis
One day way back in December, we took one of our first ferryboat rides. About a mile beyond the ferry terminal on the Bolivar Peninsula, we spotted what looked the remains of an old fort a bit off the main road. Had no idea what was there.

Until the end of January that is, when we finally took the road into Fort Travis Seashore Park.

And what a nice surprise of  a park. 
green grass and water with two ships passing and city skyline in distance
A lot of marine traffic comes through here, as Houston is
the nations second busiest port.
You can also watch the ferry boats from here.

Seriously. The bunkers are still there and the foundations for several buildings. A couple of the buildings remain, one serving as office space for the park maintenance and public restrooms.

And a terrific view of the Gulf as well as the entrance into Galveston harbor and the Houston Ship channel.

boardwalk leading to a platform with a screen wall overlooking a salt marsh
One of the bird blinds overlooking a salt marsh.
The Fort Travis site has been a military post of some kind since the early 1800's, and was decommissioned after WW II.

There's a lot of history in all those years....but then, there is a lot of history here on the peninsula that we didn’t know about. Like Jane Long. (The highway on the Peninsula is named for her.) She must have been a formidable woman. (Hmmmm, sounds like I might have material for another post. 😊 On second thought, you can learn more about her at:

man with binoculars looking out to the Gulf of Mexico
Chris checking on the ship traffic
Meanwhile, back at the fort turned park, there are picnic areas, playground, paved walkways, bird watching blinds, and a walkway that runs right along the water, complete with park benches.

And if you’re into watching ship traffic like Chris is, it’s a great spot to watch Galveston and Houston maritime traffic as well monitor the ferry boats.

Yes, Fort Travis is a nice little seaside park, and has rapidly become one of our favorite places here on the Bolivar Peninsula.

U.S. flag with a Texas flag and a Jane Long flag as well as an obelisk and two historical markers.
The road into the park is just to the right of these flags
To learn more, visit:

If you go:

The entrance off the highway is not really well marked, but as you come off the ferry, watch for three flags on the right. It’s the U.S. flag with a Texas flag and a Jane Long flag as well as an obelisk and two historical markers.

Oh, and be sure to take a moment to read the two history plaques that are there. You’ll learn a bit of overall history of the Bolivar Peninsula as well as Jane Long.
gate with a sign
Main gate into the park

The entrance to Ft. Travis is to the right of the flags and you’ll need to bear left for the entrance gate.

By the way....entrance to the park is free.

Old army base sign for fort travis
This sign is just inside the park

earth and cement building for heavy artillary
One of the earthwork gun batteries

flying flock of large white pelicans
Bird watching is good too. A flock of white pelicans flew by.
They winter here on the Gulf Coast
large flock of white ibis flying past Bolivar Point light
And we had a flock of white ibis fly through as well

blue heron wading in water in a salt marsh
A blue heron in the salt marsh

Brown sign with white lettering
Jane Long...Mother of Texas is one of her titles.

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