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

July 16, 2019
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Ralph Stenzel, chairman of the Galveston County Historical Commission, stands outside of the Battery 236 Historic Bunker while speaking Monday, July 15, 2019 about preservation work being done at Fort Travis on the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas. Some hurricane-damaged World War I bunkers in Southeast Texas that have been undergoing renovations since 2015 will reopen for tours this weekend. Bunker sections of historic Fort Travis at the Bolivar Peninsula park will be open Saturday. (Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)
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Ralph Stenzel, chairman of the Galveston County Historical Commission, stands outside of the Battery 236 Historic Bunker while speaking Monday, July 15, 2019 about preservation work being done at Fort Travis on the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas. Some hurricane-damaged World War I bunkers in Southeast Texas that have been undergoing renovations since 2015 will reopen for tours this weekend. Bunker sections of historic Fort Travis at the Bolivar Peninsula park will be open Saturday. (Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

PORT BOLIVAR, Texas (AP) — 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.

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

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