Fort McKavett was founded in 1852 on the headwaters of the San Saba River. The state historic site consists of 15 buildings in near original condition. These buildings include officers' quarters, barracks, a hospital, a school house, a bakery, post headquarters and more. The fort was established as a deterrent to Native American raids, primarily Comanche and Lipan Apache, and to provide protection for travelers on the Upper El Paso Road, an important artery for emigration to the California gold fields. Around the corner from the fort you can have a drink at the Fort Trading Post. The Fort Trading post is an authentic place bedecked in collective memorabilia.