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(November 27, 2010) Enlarge Welcome to Fort Buhlow Interpretive Marker


(November 27, 2010)  Enlarge Pathway Between Forts Randolph and Buhlow

Entrance to Fort Buhlow via auto is no longer possible as the entrances for vehicles have been sealed shut. Visitor must now enter via paved walking path along the Red River and under the O.K. Allen Bridge (see Photo) Construction was still underway so the pavement ended and gravel/dirt followed to a wooden elevated walkway


(November 27, 2010)  Enlarge How was Fort Randolph Built?

This interpretive panel along the elevated wooden walkway at Fort Randolph explains how the fort was constructed and provides an artist's rendition of how the fort appeared. According to the interpretive panel no plans have been found, however for the visitor the large earthworks are strong testimony to the shape of the fort


(November 27, 2010)  Enlarge Fort Randolph Plan

Based on information provided on an interpretive marker at, and website of, Fort Randolph-Buhlow State Historic Site, Forts Randolph and Buhlow were constructed by Confederates in order to repel future Union attacks through NW Louisiana. Construction completed in March 1865 was under the command of Capt. Christopher M. Randolph and supervised by military engineer Lt. Alphose Buhlow for whom the forts are named. No plans were found, but a drawing of Fort Randolph based on the large earthworks which still exist shows an artist's rendition of how the fort might have appeared


(November 27, 2010)  Enlarge Start of Path at Fort Randolph

This is the start of an elevated walkway around Fort Randolph. The gradual inclines and declines make an easy, almost unnoticeable grade, and at intervals along the elevated path there are interpretive markers. To guard against erosion the walkway keeps traffic off the earthworks and affords a nice view


(November 27, 2010)  Enlarge Fort Randolph

Timber obstructs the view but it is possible to see the huge earthen ramparts of Fort Randolph to the left and front of the photo. The trees would not have been here during the war, but today provide shade and protection for the earthworks

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