Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site

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About Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site

Ditch the History Channel and experience the good ol’ days of Texas IRL (in real life) at Fort Richardson! This restored site was the northernmost of a line of federal forts established after the Civil War and was abandoned due to unhealthy conditions. Long story short, it’s now an awesome place to camp and catch a bit of history while you’re at it! Take a guided tour (Mon-Fri) of the seven original buildings - one, a bakery that would churn out 600 loaves daily #notglutenfree - or explore at your own pace on the weekend. Bottom line: all tours are free! Other activities at the historical grounds include angling catfish, bass and trout at Quarry Lake. Or take to the Lost Creek Reservoir Trailway, a 10-mile hike, bike and equestrian trail that will set you on a path of discovery through the park. For a lesson in the outdoors and our country’s history, book a site at Fort Richardson!

Campgrounds in Fort Richardson

Fort Richardson Campground

1. Fort Richardson Campground

Build your own fort for the weekend at Fort Richardson Campground! All sites are decked-out with water/electric hook-ups, a picnic table, fire...

Scout Area Primitive Campground

2. Scout Area Primitive Campground

Scout Area is a primitive campground in disguise! This area is awesome for groups to become one around the communal fire ring lined with log seats,...

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February 21st, 2015
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February 21st, 2015
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June 5th, 2015
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History of Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site

Fort Richardson State Park, Historic Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway, located northwest of Fort Worth in Jack County, contains 454.16 acres. The property was acquired in 1968 from the city of Jacksboro and was opened to the public the same year.

Fort Richardson was established in November 1867. Fort Richardson was named in honor of General Israel B. Richardson, who died in the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War. The fort was the northernmost of a line of federal forts established after the Civil War. Soldiers arrived in Jacksboro in 1866 with orders to establish a fort at Buffalo Springs, 20 miles north of Jacksboro. Due to unhealthy conditions at Buffalo Springs and the constant Indian raids, the fort was abandoned. The soldiers returned to Jacksboro and eventually received orders to establish a fort on the south bank of Lost Creek. Expeditions sent from Fort Richardson arrested Indians responsible for the Warren Wagon Train Massacre in 1871 and fought Comanches in Palo Duro Canyon. The fort was abandoned in May 1878.