This area was firmly in the midst of the vast Comancheria or lands that were occupied by the Comanche. But the pioneers saw more land and wanted it which led to conflict. Very often bloody, violent conflict.
[Sidebar: If you care to learn more about the Comanche and this conflict, read Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne. It is a fantastic book!]
By the 1890s, the fort was abandoned and fell to ruin. This is what remains today.
Chimneys from the officers quarters
Vol Fan looking out of the commissary
Inside the commissary
Chimneys from the hospital
Fort Phantom is located on FM 600, north of Abilene, Texas.