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Fort Richardson State Historical Park

Registered National Historic Landmark

Northwest of Fort Worth, Jack County, Texas
US Highway 281, 1/2 mile south of Jacksboro
Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site
228 State Park Road 61
Jacksboro TX 76458
940-567-3506
Open 7 days a week
Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway - An approximately 10-mile hike, bike and equestrian trail.
Fort Richardson State ParkJacksboro TX National Historical Landmark
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
1936 Centennial Highway Marker - On US 281 1/2 mile south of Jacksboro

Fort Richardson

Established November 26, 1867 by the United States Army to defend the frontier against the Indians. A mail station on the Butterfield Overland Stage Line, 1858-1861. Abandoned as a military post May 23, 1879.

A Visit to Fort Richardson State Park

Photos courtesy Mike Price
Fort Richardson State Park Officer's Quarter
Officers' Quarters
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Fort Richardson State Park Officer's Quarter marker
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Historical Marker Text

Officers' Quarters

Built in 1867 of lumber cut from cottonwoods growing in nearby river bottoms. One of 5 original officers' quarters. Outlasted fort's barracks and stables, which were built of small vertical timbers (pickets).

Style typical of 19th century army posts in the west. Only one left standing the United States.

Among men quartered here was General Ranald S. MacKenzie, who sent Indians back to reservations, 1871-74.

Restored by City of Jacksboro. Maintained by Girl Scouts.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1964.
Historical Marker
Fort Richardson Cavalry Post Hospital, 1867
In fort built to halt Indian depredations in North Texas. One of buildings and units on inspection in May 1871 by General William Tecumseh Sherman, when news came of massacre of Warren Wagon Trail, 24 miles northwest. Killers, later found at Fort Sill, were brought to trial in Jacksboro - first time Indians were ever tried in the white man's court in North Texas.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1965.
Fort Richardson State Park TX
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Fort Richardson State Park TX
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Fort Richardson State Park National Historic Landmark marker
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Fort Richardson State Park TX
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Fort Richardson State Park TX
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Fort Richardson State Park marker
1936 Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Mike Price
1936 Centennial Marker Text
Fort Richardson
As partially reconstructed in 1936. Established by the United States War Department on November 26, 1867 as a protection of the frontier against hostile Indians. Named in honor of General Israel B. Richardson, U.S.A., killed at Antietam, September 17, 1862. Abandoned May 23, 1878 as the line of settlement had passed westward.
Fort Richardson State Park bridge
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Fort Richardson State Park bridge
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
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Jacksboro Tx - Fort Richardson Depot

Fort Richardson Depot
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Marker - Large Image
Nearby Towns: Fort Worth | Jacksboro | Graham
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