Texas: Fort Travis ex-military bunkers to reopen for tours

Some hurricane-damaged World War I bunkers in Southeast Texas that have been undergoing renovations since 2015 will reopen for tours this weekend

The Galveston County Daily News reports bunker sections of historic Fort Travis at the Bolivar Peninsula park will be open Saturday.

Fort Travis, near the Port Bolivar lighthouse, was established on federal property in 1898. The fort was an artillery training center during World War I and in World War II was a lookout to protect the Houston Ship Channel.

The site was sold to Galveston County in 1973.

The bunkers filled with sand during Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Members of the Galveston County Historical Commission will assist with tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Chairman Ralph Stenzel says about 40 volunteers helped with renovations.


Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com