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Fort Croghan in Burnet open for self-guided tours to learn about lives of settlers

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — Fort Croghan is keeping spring and summer hours for self-guided tours.

Visitors can stop by Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Fort Croghan Day on Oct. 12.

“The cabins are open for viewing and the museum,” member Buddy Inman said. “That includes the entire grounds.”

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Fort Croghan has a rich history in Burnet County.

Established in 1849, the fort provided shelter for settlers. And visiting the fort helps local residents understand this area better, Inman said.

“It gives you ties to the past with the pioneers and early settlers to this area,” he said. “It gives you a sense of history and what the early people did to settle this frontier.”

Inman said the city of Burnet exists because of the fort. The third of the first four forts built by the United States, settlers constructed their homes around Croghan.

“It offered protection around the hostile Indians,” he said.

Descendents of some of the families still live in the area, he said.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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