Lacy's Fort

Lacy's Fort, also known as Fort Lacy, the fortified home and trading station of Martin Lacy on the Old San Antonio Road, was an important staging point for military operations during the late 1830s and early 1840s. It was located just off what is now State Highway 21 and two miles southwest of Alto in eastern Cherokee County. Lacy, who arrived in Texas in 1827 and served for a time as Indian agent for the Mexican government, evidently moved to the site before the Texas Revolution and established a trading post. Some sources claim that he built the fortifications before 1835, but later research suggests that it was not erected until around 1838. Fearing attack from Kickapoo and Biloxi Indians during the Córdova Rebellion in August 1838, Lacy abandoned the post and sought shelter on his farm, forty-five miles to the southwest. He returned a short time later and evidently began to construct defensive fortifications-probably a log blockhouse and stockade-that he called Fort Lacy.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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