Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fort Richardson State Park in Jacksboro, TX

Our site at the state park near Jacksboro, TX. The last time we camped here was quite a few years ago when we still lived in Denton. It is a nice park with a walking trail near the creek, a low water crossing and a small stocked lake.

Quarry lake near the entrance to the state park. We always saw a fisherman or two trying their luck here.

Another view of our campsite. We liked the trees that blocked the wind and provided a nice shady place to sit during the day. If it had been a lot cooler I'm sure Donnie would have built a campfire, so maybe next trip.

I'm not sure if this photo is large enough to read this plaque, but it supplies the basic information about Fort Richardson. In 1867 the fort was built to repel Comanche and Kiowa Indian attacks and allow settlement of the area. Around 1878 the fort was abandoned because settlers had moved farther west.

The post hospital is one of seven buildings left of the original fort.

Shelby in the ruins of the old guardhouse.

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