On this day in 1849, frontier artist and military officer Capt. Seth Eastman and his companies established Camp Leona on the Leona River in southern Uvalde County. The outpost, which was soon renamed Fort Inge, was part of a federal line of forts in Texas.
Army troops and Texas militia used the camp as a base while they provided protection for settlements and escorted supply trains and mail carriers. Fort Inge was closed for federal service in 1869 and today Fort Inge County Park includes the site of the old outpost.
“You can take the girl out of Texas but not the Texas out of the girl.” ~ Janine Turner, attributed, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About Texas