Civil War-era historic forts set to open

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Posted: Nov 14, 2010 9:45 AM
Updated: Nov 14, 2010 9:45 AM
Source: Associated Press

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PINEVILLE, La. - Twin forts built during the Civil War to stave off a Union attack during the Red River Campaign will open to the public this week as a historic site.

The Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site in Pinveville is scheduled to open Thursday.

Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields took and early tour and said he can't wait to get back and learn more about the forts' rich history.

The twin forts overlook the Red River. They were built to keep Union forces from advancing up the Red River Valley again, as had happened in 1864, but never saw action.

Visitors can see the remains of the forts' earthen walls by walking new boardwalks. A visitors center houses several exhibits.

Images courtesy La. Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

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