A fascinating chapter of our pioneer and military history!
In 1849, Fort Lincoln was established just north of D'Hanis as protection for European immigrants settling the area. Contrary to what some might assume, the fort was not named for the president (who in 1849 was relatively unknown), but Captain George Lincoln, who gave his life in the Mexican War. Fort Lincoln operated for three years, but the Texas Rangers later located their barracks there. The ruins of the physical fort are on private property now, but visitors can view the Texas Centennial Commission marker by the road nearby. It's two miles northwest of D'Hanis on FM 1796, then left onto CR 4204.